Serengeti at Risk
It’s happening all over the world. Population pressures, expanding human aspirations and needs, exploding demand for scarce resources, climate change. We are in danger of losing this priceless world treasure. And once gone, it will be gone forever.
Roads and Population Pressure Threatens the Serengeti
Pressures are rapidly bringing the long term viability of the Serengeti ecosystem into question. New roads, towns, and mines threaten to destroy the underlying natural and biological systems on which the migration depends.
Wildlife and Habitat Urgently Need Protection
The UNESCO World Heritage Centre reported high levels of poaching in the Serengeti. And a study released in 2010 by the Zoological Society of London and Cambridge University showed a dramatic decline of more than 50% in 69 large mammals species between 1970 and 2005 in East Africa.
In the Masai Mara, populations of wildlife species in the world-renowned Masai Mara reserve in Kenya have crashed in the past three decades, according to research published in the Journal of Zoology. Human settlement around the reserve has meant losses of large numbers, such as a 95% drop in giraffes.
The Stakes are High. Loss of the Serengeti would ...
* devastate tourism throughout the region, reducing income and justification for further conservation of natural areas.
* have a cascading effect on other natural areas in Africa and around the world. There will be no great example to point to, no great bulwark of conservation to emulate.
* be a serious precedent on how to balance human needs with the natural treasures we have left.