Save the Serengeti – road proposal must be stopped

By RSPB, Mon, 02/08/2010 - 07:28
Serengeti Darf Nict Sterben – The Serengeti Shall Not Die. For all of my life the Serengeti has cast a long shadow. The 1959 Oscar-winning documentary, The Serengeti Shall Not Die – made by Bernhard Grzimek president of the Frankfurt Zoological Society and his son Michael brought the majesty of the place to the attention of the wider world. Their personal story – Michael was killed in a plane crash during the project leaving the filming to be completed by Alan Root – and the story of the Serengeti fascinated me as a child. They started by making a film about the migration of wildebeest and ended by revealing the threats to this ultimate special place. Michael Grzimek was buried on the lip of the Ngorongoro crater. The film and subsequent collaborations between Bernhard Grzimek and Alan Root began to put the Serengeti and its wildlife firmly on the map. The connection with the Frankfurt Zoological Society continues to this day; it is their modelling that shows a new road proposal could sever the wildebeest migration prompting a collapse in their numbers from 1.3m to 200,000. This, in turn would lead to the ecology of the Serengeti changing profoundly. This is today’s threat. The government of Tanzania is planning a highway across the northern part of the Serengeti – you can read more about it here where, as well, you can find out how you can help directly. The Serengeti is an Important Bird Area and a World Heritage Site under siege– and the World Heritage Committee is meeting and this proposal is on their agenda. The Serengeti is in the spotlight again. Serengeti Darf Nict Sterben – The Serengeti Shall Not Die. By Andre Farrar - RSPB (BirdLife in the UK). Read more blogs by Andre here. Image by Tarique Sani / Flickr.

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Thanks for this Andre - I shared your story on our FB campaign to stop the Serengeti Highway. Please join our campaign on FB. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/STOP-THE-SERENGETI-HIGHWAY/125601617471610

The construction of the Serengeti highway has to be stopped! This road could lead to the increase of poachers, as well as a decrease in the population of the reserves wildlife and a confliction with the annual great migration of wildebeest. http://www.ziarasafaris.com/blog/tanzania-blog/stop-the-serengeti-highway.html Please sign the petition to declare you do not approve of the new Serengeti highway plans.

The construction of the Serengeti highway has to be stopped! This road could lead to the increase of poachers, as well as a decrease in the population of the reserves wildlife and a confliction with the annual great migration of wildebeest.

Surely the Serengeti area must be conserved,the bird species are quite many along with other wild animals that are beneficial to the country.The construction can be put in another location.Am behind the campaign .Thanks for the information.

Can someone update us on the Serengeti situation? Its almost 8 months since the last update on this post.

Not only the part that crosses Serengeti but also the section that crosses Loliondo Game Controlled area because the wildebeests also crosses this area every November each year. It must be stopped immediately.

I have basically had a lot about the Serengeti matter and this is driving me crazy.The government has to come up and stop this matter because this park has really helped to develop the country.Please let me know more about this matter.Thanks for the information and great site.

What is unique about the Serengeti, is that it is covered with red oat grass. This wild grass provides green shoots for brindled wildebeests, mature seed heads for Burchell's zebras, and dried stalks for topis. In return this brings in predators such as lions, Nile crocodiles, spotted hyenas, and cheetahs. This rich ecosystem of prey and predators revolved around the red oat grass.

Man should make it a second nature to preserve nature and its resources ...I agree with with Tanzania safari , poachers are a huge impediment to the country's tourism development. Now in some of the East African states some animals are totally extinct since the 1980s

The contraction has to stop, I remember in queen Elizabeth national park, when they wanted to construct the road, we were totally disagreeing because it was going to increase the killing of animals due to high speed and also poaching. It should be stopped, and especially this time where Tanzania is fighting poaching, I read that poachers now have boda boda. come on, this must be stopped.

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