Not long ago, as the human population around Mozambique’s Moribane Forest Reserve grew and encroached on the forest, conflicts with elephants increased as the animals ravaged farm plots and banana groves. But with help from a Mozambique-U.K. foundation and the World Bank, residents of the Mpunga area turned a liability into an asset and used the elephants as a draw for foreign tourists.
Instituting economic opportunities based around environmental stability, the revenue the camp provides has helped open a school and expand the horizons of women long kept down in this male-dominated, polygamous culture.

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