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Serengeti Highway Back on Front Burner




The East African Court of Justice ruled against a paved highway across the Serengeti. Now the Government of Tanzania has appealed that decision. It is evident that the current Tanzanian government wants the freedom to do whatever it wishes in the Serengeti, including the building of a paved commercial highway across the critical northern wilderness […]

Court Bars Paved Serengeti Highway




The East African Court of Justice (EACJ) ruled against the construction of a paved commercial highway across the Serengeti National Park. The ruling was limited, in that only a northern, asphalt (bitumen) road was banned from the park. It stopped a project that conservation organizations and scientists warned would devastate an iconic World Heritage Site and […]

Friends of Serengeti Funding at Work




EDUCATION = CONSERVATION Another important step was taken by our Serengeti Teacher Environmental Program (STEP). A program was just completed outside of the Serengeti in the Maasai village of Ololosokwan, just east of the Park. Our team of teachers and coordinators took twelve students and eight local teachers on a safari into the Serengeti National […]

60 Million Tons of Radioactive Waste in Africa’s Last Great Wilderness?

Elephant in the Selous




Tanzania’s Ministry of Energy and Minerals has granted a license to mine uranium in the Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of “outstanding universal value,” to a major international mining company. According to the website AllAfrica, the move will catapult Tanzania ahead of Canada as the world’s second largest uranium producer. Read the […]

Six Foreign Bids for Lake Natron Plant




According to Tanzania’s National Development Corporation (NDC) six foreign firms have submitted bids to establish a $500 million soda ash plant on the shores of Lake Natron.  The NDC declined to identify the companies but is currently reviewing the bids.  As we’ve reported previously, the planned development of the plant faces harsh opposition from environmental […]