Miombo Woodlands, Africa
Named for the oak-like "miombo" trees (Brachustegia spp.) that dominate the area, the woodlands are home to some 8,500 plant species; over 300 which are trees.
They provide food and cover for a diverse range of wildlife, including antelopes, giraffes, rhinos, lions and some of the largest populations of elephants in Africa.
It is also home to millions of people, many who depend on the woodlands and natural resources for their way of life.
Although large parts of the Miombo are relatively intact, natural woodlands are being cleared to meet other land needs: agriculture, ranching and charcoal production.
Woodlands at risk
Illegal hunting, especially for rhino horn and elephant ivory, are also major threats to this unique environment.
WWF is working throughout the region to conserve the woodlands and to help meet human needs and development through the sustainable use of natural resources. This includes conservation agriculture and sustainable charcoal production.
Covering an area of about 50,000km2, the reserve has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its diversity of wildlife and undisturbed nature.
WWF has been working for years with local authorities in the Selous Game Reserve to conserve elephant and rhino populations as well as other wildlife.