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Wild Lands

Vast, virgin landscapes where natural processes take place without any interference from human beings - that is wilderness. Protecting wilderness areas is the main focus of our work - from the tropical rain forest of Peru to the African savannas.

SERENGETI - ENDLESS PLAINS

We have been working in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania for more than 50 years now.

The Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and best-known national park, famous above all for the spectacular migration of roughly 2 million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles which cross the savanna each year. Lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas are in paradise when the herds pass by on their journey. The vast plains are the land of milk and honey, too, for elephants, giraffes and other large herbivores.

Ever since the end of the 1950s, when Bernhard Grzimek brought the park to the world's attention with "Serengeti Shall Not Die", FZS has dedicated itself to protecting the Serengeti. For more than 50 years we have been partners to the TANAPA park authority, supporting it in its efforts to protect the park by offering logistical, scientific and financial assistance. 

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Manu National Park

Manu National Park lies in the south east of Peru and is one of the most biologically diverse regions on earth.

The tropical part of the Andes in the south east of Peru is one of the most diverse regions in terms of animals and plants that live there. Here at the border to Brazil and Bolivia there are vast conservation areas containing virgin rain forest still inhabited by indigenous people choosing to live in voluntary isolation. The Manu National Park is a tropical biodiversity hotspot. 221 species of mammals, 1025 birds, 150 amphibians and 100 reptiles have been documented here! 


 

The park's rivers and lakes are home to 210 different species of fish. In our "Andes to Amazon Conservation Programme" we are supporting the SERNANP conservation area authority in monitoring the vast and often highly inaccessible Manu, Megantoni, Alto Púrus, Tambopata and Bahuaja-Sonene areas. We provide equipment and infrastructure, offer training to the park staff and collaborate with the local people to help them put their use of natural resources onto a more efficient and sustainable basis.

 

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Gonarezhou National Park

The "land of many elephants" is in Zimbabwe.

The shimmering red sandstone of the Chilojo Cliffs is the trademark of the Gonarezhou National Park and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometres. The park was founded in 1975 and is located in the semi-arid Lowveld area of Zimbabwe where there are spectacular waterfalls and thundering rapids during some parts of the year but also oppressive heat during the dry season. Gonarezhou is something of a mecca for tourists in
the know. We have been working on the "Gonarezhou Conservation Project" since 2007, supporting the park in building up its infrastructure, in managing park protection and in carrying out ecological monitoring of its fauna and flora stocks. An effective ranger unit is a crucial precondition for the long-term survival of the spectacular wilderness of Gonarezhou.
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Bukit Tigapuluh

The "land of 30 hills" is on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia.

The wild Indonesian rain forest is home to a large number of species, yet it is shrinking at a worrying pace as trees are felled to make way for palm oil and acacia plantations. The Bukit Tigapuluh National Park and the surrounding forests still provide refuge for elephants, tigers, tapirs and many other species. Orang-utans have even returned in the last 10 years.
Roughly 150 Sumatran orang-utans have been returned to the wild as part of our reintroduction programme in Bukit Tigapuluh where there is now a stable and growing wild population. The priority now is to protect Bukit's unique lowland rain forest on a long-term basis, thereby preserving a habitat which is becoming increasingly rare in Sumatra.
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Virunga National Park

Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the oldest national park in Africa.

Virunga National Park in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo was established in 1925 in the border region with Uganda and Rwanda. It contains active volcanoes, forests, grassland and swamps - and is home to a great diversity of habitats and species. The endangered mountain gorilla lives in Virunga, as do chimpanzees, hippopotamuses and many other species.
Virunga is a Unesco World Natural Heritage site and was declared a "World Heritage in Danger" area back in 1994. Political unrest, the growing population and now increasingly also the search for raw materials are threatening the continued existence of this unique wilderness area.
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Altyn Dala

The state-owned nature reserve Altyn Dala covers an area of 500,000 hectares and lies in the centre of Kazakhstan.

Altyn Dala is characterised by vast herds of saiga antelopes migrating annually across the seemingly never-ending steppe. Besides steppe and semi-desert areas there are also wetlands which serve as resting areas for the endangered Dalmatian pelicans, great white cranes and many other species of birds.

 

 

By the turn of the Millennium the saigas had been hunted, poached and brought to the brink of extinction because of their horns which are used in Asian medicine, similar to those of the rhinoceros. But now the population is slowly recovering - thanks in part to the commitment of FZS and its Kazakh partners.

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