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WHO WE ARE

Luwire comprises a small team of dedicated conservationists, many of whom have been here since its inception 18 years ago.   We seek practical and robust solutions to the challenges of conservation at scale and long term financial and physical security that allows the area under our stewardship to thrive. Over 90% of our team are local Mozambicans, who along with the small communities within the block, must ultimately take up the reigns and guardianship of this incredible heritage.

The Luwire Conservancy is located within the Niassa National Reserve in northern Mozambique.

  • The Niassa Reserve is in Mozambique, part of the  Commonwealth.
  • Twice the size of Kruger National Park at 10,000,000 acres or 42,000km². Comparable in size to Wales, Denmark or Massachusetts.
  • Borders with Tanzania and contains the largest concentration of game in Mozambique.
  • Ideal habitat to re-establish black rhino. The last rhino went locally extinct perhaps as little as ten years ago!
  • One of the largest miombo woodland preserves in the world.
  • Remote, pristine wilderness with an indigenous population of 60,000 and virtually no tourism infrastructure.
  • Under severe threat from poaching, artisanal mining and illegal forestry due to limited governmental and NGO oversight and insufficient community engagement.
  • Divided into 18 blocks only of which 7 have any real conservation effort.

WHY WE EXIST

Despite its size and importance, Niassa National Reserve is not as well-known and supported as other more established African Reserves and National Parks.  Attracted by its iconic beauty and potential, we are amongst the few who have stepped in to secure and nurture this wild place.  Niassa represents perhaps the biggest conservation challenge in Africa today.  It is a unique opportunity to make a difference at scale, and scale is precisely what is being lost across the continent.  The continued survival of mega species such as lion, elephant and wild dogs in their natural state is dependent upon this. If defended successfully, true wilderness will become priceless.

However scale and remoteness bring challenges. The high cost of operations, heavy rains and seasonal access, human population growth, the value of resources such as timber, bush meat, ivory and minerals to criminal syndicates and the low importance previously accorded by Government are all significant stumbling blocks. Our initial dream of a self-sustaining conservation initiative continues to require a hefty subsidy.

Luwire Wildlife Conservancy is one of the last remaining true wilderness areas within the Niassa National Reserve, which is the fourth largest protected area in Sub-Saharan Africa and holds the largest and most viable elephant population in Mozambique.

Luwire Wildlife Conservancy is part of the Eastern Miombo woodlands situated in the Niassa National Reserve. Our Block L7 is on the South Eastern bank of the Lugenda River, covering an area of 1 million acres (450,000 Ha). Our project was awarded in 2000, the first concession in the Reserve and we are proud of our contribution to the success of the Niassa Reserve over the last 18 years as we strive to save the biodiversity of Niassa.

Our prehistoric wilderness has incredible geographical, physical, and fauna diversity – including Miombo woodlands, granite inselbergs (represented by our logo), open savannah, wetlands, river floodplains, and riverine forest. Wildlife on our concession includes: Niassa wildebeest, Boehm’s zebra, Johnston’s impala, elephant, buffalo, serval, lion, leopard, hippopotamus, Niassa wildebeest, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, kudu, crocodile, sable antelope, eland, African wild dogs, duiker, warthog, baboon, hyena, common reedbuck, klipspringer, jackal and hundreds of bird species. Amongst these are Pel’s fishing owl, African Pitta, African skimmer and Taita falcon.

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