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World's biggest wildlife oasis opens up its borders

Updated 6:27 AM ET, Thu December 5, 2013
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The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) is considered the world's largest wildlife preservation. It spans five African nations including Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Courtesy: KAZA
KAZA has been called "Noah's Ark" and is home to 200 different mammals including the "Big five" --leopards, rhinos, buffaloes, lions and African elephants. Courtesy: KAZA
Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and nearly 110 meters in height, lies on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, falling into the KAZA region. Courtesy: KAZA
The Chobe National Park in Botswana is part of KAZA and has more than 650 species of bird, including the African Fish Eagle. Courtesy: KAZA
KAZA boasts the continent's largest African Elephant population -- a total of 71, 000 elephants grace Botswana's Chobe district alone. Courtesy: KAZA
To preserve and protect the five nations' delicate ecosystems, the five member states are cooperating to pool resources and open borders. Courtesy: KAZA
The next step will be to introduce a "KAZA visa" -- a single visa giving tourists access to the entire KAZA area across five countries. Courtesy: KAZA
KAZA conservation aims to protect wildlife -- including Chobe District's 186 hippos-- and agriculture while establishing community projects. Courtesy: KAZA
Zebra in Botswana's Chobe District number over 8,000. Courtesy: KAZA
KAZA lies in the Kavanago and Zambezi river basins where Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe meet. Courtesy: KAZA