Situated on the shores of Lake Kariba this park was proclaimed a non-hunting area in 1958 before the dam was built. The park comprises 1,400 square kilometres of diverse flora and fauna.
With the building of the lake came ecological changes. The lakeshore contributed to increasing large mammal populations, especially elephants and buffalo. The grass found on the shoreline needs only fluctuating lake levels to replenish its nutrients. With this ready food source, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, and impala have thrived and with them, the predators. Matusadona is designated an Intensive Protection Zone and is home to several relocated rhinoceros.
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