Serengeti Watch News

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March 5, 2011

Dear Serengeti Supporter.

Thanks to the German government, there is some positive news to report.

See below.

We’re offering a special Serengeti safari next September for those who want to learn more about issues affecting its future. Read more below.

German government offers a solution

The African Regional Manager for the Frankfurt Zoological Society, Mr. Gelrald Bigurube, confirmed that the German government will finance construction of tarmac roads that will link dozens of rural villages adjacent to the Serengeti National Park.

He also said that the World Bank and the German government are also ready to finance southern route that will link the Arusha region with the Lake Victoria regions without crossing the Serengeti.

According to an interview with the Daily News, Mr. Bigurube said, “Linking rural villages in Serengeti and Loliondo districts with the their district headquarters is the best way of addressing economic needs of the communities living near the park.”

The news article says Mr. Bigurube “disclosed that the German Federal Ministry for Development was ready to finance feasibility study of the rural roads in the districts if the idea will have blessings from the government of Tanzania.”

He said the “international community is also concerned with the needs of the people in an environmental friendly way but the road should not be close to the park because it will have serious impact that cannot be mitigated.”

The next step is up to President Kikwete who recently turned down an offer from the World Bank to fund the alternate route.

Below, road system around the Serengeti, with proposed Serengeti Watch southern route.

Serengeti Safari

Next September

This safari is both an appreciation of what we have now, what we cannot afford to lose, and a close look at how we can help preserve this ecosystem into the future. We’ll be talking with local experts, examining the work of conservation organizations, and visiting local Maasai communities to learn how they view the issues. The goal is to investigate for ourselves the goals and projects Serengeti Watch should undertake in the coming years. As part of this journey, you will have the opportunity to shape the future of our organization and return with a clear picture of the Serengeti itself.

The safari will be led by Boyd Norton, Co-Director of Serengeti Watch. Over the past 25 years he has made more than 40 trips to Africa, mostly leading photo safaris, but also on magazine and book assignments (four of his fourteen books are on African subjects and his newest book, pictured above, will be published later this year.

If you want more information, please contact Jacque Steedle at Strabo Tours.

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