Operation Noah (Kariba)

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Operation Noah was a wildlife rescue operation on the Zambezi River, (then in Rhodesia, now the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe) lasting from 1958 to 1964. In the late 1950s, North and South Rhodesia (present-day Zambia and Zimbabwe) constructed the Kariba Dam hydroelectric power station across the Zambezi River, at the Kariba Gorge, about 400 km from Victoria Falls. The Kariba Dam mostly provided electric power to both countries, created Lake Kariba, the world's largest man-made lake, and flooded the Kariba Gorge - home to thousands of native animals and the local Tonga people. In a wildlife rescue operation lasting 5 years, over 6000 animals were rescued and relocated to the mainland.[1][2][3]open access publication – free to read

The operation was led by Rupert Fothergill. Wildlife was moved from the rising waters and largely relocated to Matusadona National Park and around Lake Kariba.[4] Over 6,000 animals (elephants, antelopes, rhinos, lions, leopards, zebras, warthogs, birds and snakes) were rescued.[5]

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  1. ^ Operation Noah
  2. ^ "Earth From Space: Lake Kariba, Zambia-Zimbabwe Border". Space Daily. European Space Agency. 5 August 2005. Archived from the original on 2005. – via General OneFile (subscription required)
  3. ^ Porter, Adrian (14 July 1963). "Operation Noah Rescues Animals". Terre Haute Tribune-Star – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ Lake Kariba
  5. ^ African Safaris Guide