I've been involved with the citizen science project "Wildcam Gorongosa" for over half a year now (website, forum). As there are lots of unexperienced volunteers, many questions are being asked. Often I'd like to answer, but also not having a biology background I usually have to do some research first to give an accurate answer. For this reason, I'm looking for informative, up-to-date online resources, like e.g. search engines, animal guides etc.

I have come across a few websites that give some information on animals in the whole of Africa (e.g. ultimateungulate.com) - but I wonder if there are more suitable places to go if I'm specifically looking for animals in Mozambique (or even Gorongosa National Park). I'm still relatively new to the topic - where would a scientist involved with research on Mozambican ecology go and look for this kind of "specific" information? As the project deals with pictures taken by wildlife cameras, I am only interested in animals of a certain size (I guess rat-sized and larger). I'd be happy to find e.g. more information on the appearance of each species, its geographic distribution, their respective habitats and their general behavior.

I realize that this question is somewhat broad - please do ask ahead, I'll try to add details if necessary!

  1. Here is a large list of animals (sorted by guilds) that can be found throughout Mozambique.

    • Each animal in the list is linked to a page with picture and information!
  2. Wikipedia maintains a few lists of animals found in Mozambique.

    • See here for a list of mammals (sorted by order).

    • See here for a list of birds (sorted by order).

    • They also have 2 lists for mollusks (fresh-water, marine) and 1 for plants.

  3. Gorongosa's own website provides a list of common animals found in Gorongosa: http://www.gorongosa.org/explore-park/wildlife

  4. As user Sudachi mentioned in a comment below, iNaturalist and GBIF also have lots of well-managed species lists and observation data.

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    $\begingroup$ I'd also like to add a few resources. iNaturalist and GBIF also have lots of well-managed species lists and observation data. $\endgroup$
    – Sudachi
    Jan 5 '17 at 22:22

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