Quiçama National Park
Also known as Kissama National Park, Quiçama is located in northwestern Angola and is the only functioning national park in the country. Approximately 70 kilometers from Luanda, the park covers 3 million acres and is more than twice the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. The park was originally formed as a game reserve in 1938 and was later made into a national park in 1957. After 25 years of civil war, the parks animal population was decimated inspiring the Kissama Foundation, a group of Angolans and South Africans, to transport animals, especially elephants, from neighbouring Botswana and South Africa in an initiative called Operation Noah’s Ark.