National Geographic : 2019 May
Cradled in the southern end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Gorongosa’s 1,500 square miles span mountainsides, plateau forests, escarpment canyons, palm savan- nas, and wetlands. The Bunga inselbergs— ancient nubs of volca- nic rock left behind by the erosion of softer surroundings—punctu- ate the sweep of forest. PREVIOUS PHOTO A male elephant grabs an evening snack in Mozambique’s Goron- gosa National Park. Most of the park’s ele- phants were killed for their ivory, used to buy weapons during the nation’s 15-year civil war, which ended in 1992. With poaching controlled, the popula- tion is recovering.