ITS DANGEROUS GAME...
Renowned for its elephant and lion, Coutada 9 once had all of the Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, and Rhinoceros. But the civil war of 1972 through 1992 decimated entire populations as Armies sought meat and Governments sought ivory to fund the war. However, in 2005 Gajogo Safarilands as part of a new management team began construction of large dams and water-wells for improved habitat and began re-population projects that would capture and release new animals to hasten their recovery. True to Coutada 9's epic past, "the tuskers" and lions both responded positively. A pride of lion inhabit the central area of the Coutada, while smaller groups move about at will. About 40 lion now inhabit the area. The elephant population has also grown slightly to about 300; large bulls can be found, but are very camera shy. They remember the terror from tanks, helicopters, and machine guns to procure their teeth; incisors made of ivory. And the saying is true, elephants never forget.
Leopards evaporate into the many rock-outcroppings, and also cunningly avoid contact with people. They survive on wart-hogs, impala, and baboon that seem to be everywhere. The most cantankerous of the big five is the cape buffalo which was nearly decimated by the war with only a small herd of 10 remaining in 2005. But their remarkable genetics were saved from inbreeding by an aggressive, and extremely expensive, re-population project that continues to this day. Hundreds have been captured from the Zambezi Delta, trucked 140 miles, and now make Coutada 9 home. Sadly, the remaining Big 5 animal, the rhinoceros, was totally extricated by war. Its horn was simply too valuable, and its brain too small, to survive the onslaught.
To date Gajogo Safarilands with its partners has re-introduced via capture and release projects lions, waterbuck, and cape buffalo, with additional re-population projects on the horizon. Additionally, Coutada 9 has exported Crawshay Zebra, Kudu, and Eland to Gorongosa National Park in efforts to bolster the parks populations of these species which were also devastated because of war.
MORE OF ITS GAME
In addition to its dangerous game, plainsgame run roughshod throughout Gajogoland. Complimenting high populations of monster Kudu, Impala, and Warthogs, are Sable, Nyala, Eland, Lichtenstein Hartebeest, Bushbuck, Bushpig, Baboon, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, and Crawshay Zebra. Also included are Mozambique's 'Little Five:' Oribi, Suni, Grysbok, Grey Duiker, and Red Duiker. Gajogo truly does have a diverse game population; an historic tradition of Coutada 9.
In addition to tremendous game animals, Gajogoland is filled with animals that are only shot with a camera; this is often more difficult than a rifle. Species not generally considered are Klipspringers, Genet Cats, Caracal Cats, Aardvarks, Porcupines, Mongooses, Tortoises, Snakes, Lizards, and Monkeys. For you Ornithologist's, bugs are indeed plentiful and most interesting. Dung beetles, butterflies, crazy spiders, and 6 inch millipedes top the list. Birds are extremely plentiful with species numbering in the hundreds. Long lenses are a requirement, and hunting with a camera may indeed be more difficult than most game animals. Press here for birding information at Gajogolands.