VIDEO: Young Women Rising to Save Lions in Mozambique

Domingas and Celina meet Professor E.O. Wilson in Gorongosa N.P.

The late Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental activist, Wangari Maathai, once said: “It’s the little things citizens do. That’s what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” Well in Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique, a small revolution is taking place as a team of young women from a remote village are working to leave their mark on the world, in their case not by planting trees, but by saving African lions.

Celina Dias and Domingas Aleixo – featured in today’s newly released film-short by the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (EOWBF) – were both born and raised in Villa da Gorongosa, the largest village in the park’s surrounding buffer zone. Recruited to Projecto Leões da Gorongosa in 2013, they represent the first women from Gorongosa to be employed on a Park science project and the first Mozambican women to work directly with lions in the wild, to study and conserve them.

Scenes from the documentary “Gorongosa Field Notes: Tracking Lions and Their Cubs.”

The new EOWBF short captures some of their first experiences as emerging new conservationists in the field: that “jumping out of your seat” new lion discovery moment, or the exhilaration —> Read More Here


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