Episode 57: The Magic Of Rewilding In Gorongosa National Park With Paola Bouley
Paola grew up in South Africa, completed her academic training in the US, and is now based full-time in Mozambique. She’s an ecologist and conservationist dedicated to the recovery of large carnivores and their co-existence with human communities in the Gorongosa Ecosystem of Central Mozambique.
In May of 2012 Paola co-founded Projecto Leões da Gorongosa, directing research, capacity-building and strategic conservation efforts focused on large carnivores in partnership with the Park’s scientific, conservation and senior management teams.
Academic summary: B.S. in Biology (2001) at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and M.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (2005) at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Francisco State University. Currently pursuing a PhD in Wildlife Management at University of Pretoria with Dr. Michael Somers focused on the ecological and social aspects of post-war recovery of large carnivores in Central Mozambique.
- Conservation is a crisis discipline.
- Painted wolves reintroduced and thriving.
- Gorongosa National Park has the “best lions ever!” according to Paola.
- Elephant, Pangolins, Leopards, Waterbuck. Learn about an amazing park exploding with wildlife!
- Check Out The Wildlife Of Gorongosa National Park!
- “The wild experiment to bring apex predators back from the brink” – Wired Magazine
- WildCam Gorongosa
- A Rewilding Success Story in Gorongosa National Park
Watch for: A PBS feature that will air in late 2020 focused on return of Painted Wolves to Gorongosa
Download Episode 57 Paola Bouley show transcript. (PDF)
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Jack started Rewilding work as Executive Director of Sky Island Alliance in the mid-1990’s, organizing the Sky Island Wildlands Network design, ripping up illegal roads on forest service lands, installing wolf acclimatization pens on Ted Turner’s Ladder Ranch & conducting howling surveys to help make way for the final stage of the Lobo reintroduction program in the Southwest.
Through the years, Jack has worked with Dave Foreman and the Rewilding Gang to further Rewilding initiatives and education.