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Serengeti Poachers Beware! Sniffers dogs and aircraft are looking for you

According to a recent DAILYNEWS article, Tanzanian National Parks (TANAPA) has started using sniffer dogs as well as aircraft to bolster anti-poaching efforts in Serengeti National Park. You can read the entire article here:

http://www.dailynews.co.tz/index.php/local-news/9665-poaching-threatens-serengeti-wildlife

We commend TANAPA for ramping up its efforts to fight poaching. That said, if a commercial highway is allowed to bisect the Serengeti it will create a direct conduit for poachers to get in and out of the park quickly and take TRUCK LOADS of poached game, including elephants and the rare and endangered black rhino which has recently been reintroduced to the park.
Friends of Serengeti and its member companies stand firmly opposed to any attempt to build a commercial highway through the Serengeti. If you agree, show your support by booking your next safari with one of our members. Or, if your company offers trips to the Serengeti, join Friends of Serengeti today.

Uranium Mining in the Selous

Tanzania’s Selous Reserve, one of the largest in Africa and home to its greatest concentration of elephants has been targeted for uranium mining. See the following article, and follow this on Stop the Serengeti Highway Facebook page.

http://www.thecitizen.co.tz/component/content/article/37-tanzania-top-news-story/23732-dar-wins-uranium-battle.html

Legal action against the Serengeti highway in the East African Court of Justice

The case was filed last year by the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) challenging the government’s decision on the grounds that if constructed, the road would have far-reaching consequences on the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem which is shared between Kenya and Tanzania. ANAW wants the Tanzanian government compelled to stop the construction of the road through a permanent injunction

The  case is significant. It seeks to permanently restrain the government of Tanzania from the following:

  • “constructing, creating, commissioning or maintaining a trunk road or highway across any part of the Serengeti National Park.”
  • “degazetting (removing) any part of the Serengeti National Park for the purpose of upgrading, tarmacking, paving, realigning, constructing, creating or commissioning” the highway.
  • removing itself from UNESCO obligations with respect to the Serengeti National Park.

The East Africa Court of Justice (EACJ) Appellate Division will make a ruling on March 15th 2012 on whether the Tanzanian government has grounds to oppose the jurisdiction of the court to determine whether it should go ahead to construct a road through the world famous Serengeti National Park

If the higher regional court decides against the appeal made by the Tanzanian Attorney General, then it means that the court case against Dar es Salaam’s wish to construct the road will go to full trial.

The EACJ is the instrument for settling disputes among members of the East African Community, which are Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. Serengeti Watch is supporting this legal action and is asking for your help as well.

Read more and Donate here: http://www.savetheserengeti.org/serengeti-legal-defense-fund/#ixzz1mebeFZKJ

Drying Mara River threatens wildlife migration

Human activities within the Mara River basin have reached such proportions that they are now putting the world’s greatest annual wildlife migration across East African plains under threat.

Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) ecologist Dr James Wakibara said that large scale irrigation and industrial activity such as mining along the sprawling basin has led to higher rates of water extraction.

Source: ippmedia.  May 22,2011

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Conservation issues in Tanzania: From the Serengeti to the Eastern Arc montane forests

Jeremy Hance. mongabay.com, June 09, 2011

The following is an article written especially for the Joint ATBC-SCB Africa conference to introduce attendees to some of the recent conservation news from Tanzania. The content comes from a number of different articles published on mongabay.com, which has closely followed events in Tanzania over the past year.

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