The Zoo

The Maputo Zoo was founded by the Zoological Association of Mozambique, AJZM, in 1929, and is located just outside Maputo City, at the beginning of National Road No.1.

Covering an area of Zoo and Nature Reserve of more than 70ha in total, it exhibited in the past a wide and representative variety of species of mammals, reptiles and birds, as well as flora, constituting a true green lung of the city whose importance, even today, it is important to preserve and enhance.


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 35ha of the Natural Reserve.


Despite these factors, there is an important diversity of flora and 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.

The Zoological Association of Mozambique, AJZM, is a non-profit organization of public interest, consisting of single individuals and organizations who built and hold title deed to the Maputo Zoo, located at Av. De Moçambique in Maputo.


The mission of AJZM is to contribute towards the preservation of species of fauna and flora with important ecological and environmental value, environmental education in conservation for citizens and communities, especially the younger population particularly students at all levels, in addition to providing recreational and green areas with specific characteristics to the urban citizens and other visitors.

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 42 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.