About Zoo Maputo

Maputo Zoo was founded in 1929 by the Association of the Zoological Garden of Mozambique, AJZM, and is situated on the exit of the city of Maputo where the National Highway No.1 begins.

Covering a total area of Zoo and Nature Reserve of close to 68 ha, it exhibited in the past a wide and representative variety of species of mammals, reptiles and birds, as well as flora, constituting an important green area of the city which, today, must be preserved and enhanced.

However, in recent decades, various vicissitudes of an economic, financial and institutional order have led to the sharp deterioration of infrastructures, the loss of many species and specimens and even to the illegal occupation of more than 30 ha of the Natural Reserve.

Despite these factors, there is an important diversity of flora and more than 90 animals of various species of mammals, reptiles and birds whose preservation in appropriate conditions and dignified handling should be ensured.

In this context, AJZM, in partnership with the Maputo City Council, created in January 2009 a joint commission aimed at streamlining the process of rehabilitation and development of the Maputo Zoo.

In March 2009, the Association launched a series of initiatives aiming at:
  • Developing a plan and a rehabilitation program for the Maputo Zoo, including the upgrading of the existing layout of the zoo through the establishment of technical and scientific partnerships with similar institutions for this purpose;
  • Developing a short-term intervention program to safeguard the survival of existing species of flora and fauna, recovering some of the key infrastructures, namely, the water supply system, fencing and enclosures certain species and protecting the 35 ha of area still available from further illegal occupation;
  • Establishing new strategic partnerships that generate resources needed to launch the short-term intervention program and which will ultimately contribute towards the medium and long term rehabilitation program;
  • Resuming a campaign of motivation and recovery of existing members and recruitment of new members in order to motivate them into participating more actively in the Zoo’s programs.

It is hoped that these activities, to be developed in close collaboration with the Maputo City Council and promoted by the joint committee formed by the two institutions, will lead to the rehabilitation and development of the Maputo Zoo, thus transforming it into an area of significant ecological, environmental and educational value, as well as an important area of leisure of which we can all be proud.