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World's largest animal conservation area formed in Southern Africa

Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe recently came together to form what will be the largest conservation area in the world, The Associated Press reports. The nations agreed upon the area to help animals such as the African elephant along with a number of other species of animals, birds and plants.

The cross-border treaty will combine 36 nature preserves and surrounding areas, totaling about 170,000 square feet, which is about the size of Sweden, the news outlet reports.

According to it's official website, the area, called the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, aims to sustainably manage the ecosystem in the area, which includes a number of endangered animals that have been threatened by poaching and human development on their habitat.

The migration routes of animals have also been interrupted by human conflict, such as the civil war that has plagued Angola for decades. Elephants, frightened by the gunfire, fled from their natural habitats. The new conservation area is home to about 45 percent of the continent's elephants, according to the AP.

The area will also protect about 600 bird species and more than 3,000 species of plants. 
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