Zambezian and Mopane woodlands

WWF Abstract

People travel from all over the globe to catch a glimpse of the amazing biodiversity this region has to offer. In fact, a description of the Zambezian and Mopane Woodlands ecoregion reads like a travel brochure. Rough-barked mopane trees blanket the flat, low-lying plains. Interspersed with mopane trees are occasional thorny acacia trees or huge baobab trees. Often referred to as "upside-down trees" because their thick branches resemble roots, baobab trees can live as long as 1,000 years. Here you can see some of the largest and most significant wildlife populations in Africa. Elephants, rhinos, hippopotamuses, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffes, kudus, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and spotted hyenas are just some of the mammals that fill the landscape. This amazing biodiversity is protected in a number of national parks and reserves such as Kruger National Park in South Africa, Chobe National Park in Botswana, and the Luangwa National Parks in Zambia.
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Ecozone:Afrotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands
Countries:South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Malawi
Area:116,927,998 acres (47,319,082 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Hlane Royal National Park
Hwange National Park
Kruger National Park
Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Reserve
Liwonde National Park
Malolotja Nature Reserve
Mamili National Park
Moremi Game Reserve
South Luangwa National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder