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The Echoes of Malhazine

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The effort by the Mozambique government to create Africa’s largest, most biologically diverse city park remains a work-in-progress. How the human psyche manages to endure fickle pros and cons that add up in the tired mind, or broken heart, on a long-suffering Continent, is not something easily given to rhetorical, geopolitical, or economic indicators. If experience be our guide, all humans need basically the same things; and where thoughts and hopes are no more heightened and attuned than in protected places; sacred spaces; amidst the fanfare of wild creatures who coevolved with all of our ancestors. Mozambicans know this to be true.

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  • Malhazine
  • Mozambique
  • Gorongosa National Park
  • Inhaca Island

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    http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/special-themes/biodiversity/biodiversity-science-and-policy/ipbes/#:~:text=The%20Intergovernmental%20Science%2DPolicy%20Platform,of%20biodiversity%20and%20ecosystem%20services, Accessed June 6, 2020; See also, See “The Rapid Decline Of The Natural World Is A Crisis Even Bigger Than Climate Change,” by John Vidal, Huffpost, March 16, 2019.

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    See “Mozambique plans to turn old ammo depot into nature reserve,” by Christopher Torchia, October 12, 2015, Business Insider, https://www.businessinsider.com/ap-mozambique-plans-to-turn-old-ammo-depot-into-nature-reserve-2015-10, Accessed March 24, 2019.

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    See The Birds of Inhaca Island, Mozambique, by W.F. de Boer and C.M.Bento, BLAS Guide #22, BirdLife South Africa and Avian Demography Unit, 1999, p. 51; See also Clancey’s The Rare Birds Of Southern Africa, Written and Illustrated by Dr. P.A.Clancy, Winchester Press, Johannesburg, 1985; and Birds of East Africa, by V. G. L. van Someren, A.C.Allyn, Allyn Museum of Entomology, Sarasota, Fl., 1973.

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    See William Macnae and Margaret Kalk, eds., A Natural History of Inhaca Island, Mocambique, Witwatersrand University Press, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Tobias, M.C., Morrison, J.G. (2021). The Echoes of Malhazine. In: On the Nature of Ecological Paradox. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-64526-7_17

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