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The Road Construction Project That Threatens Serengeti

Plans to drive major thoroughfare through one of the world’s last great wildlife sanctuaries

Document created 09 July 2010 , last updated 27 June 2011

The government of Tanzania has recently announced plans to build a major highway through the northern part of Serengeti National Park.

This road would cut across the annual migratory route taken each year by millions of wildebeest and other animals.

Scientists and conservationist say that this will eventually kill the migration, one of the greatest such animal movements on earth. The road will also gravely impact the habitat of endangered species such as black rhino and wild hunting dog.

While the Serengeti is currently on the World Heritage list, the World Heritage Centre and IUCN consider that “if built, the North Road could critically impact the property’s Outstanding Universal Value and justify its inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger”.

Sources: see links below.

Links to external websites:

[wb1]  Mongabay - 8 Jul 10 - Road through the Serengeti will eventually 'kill the migration' By Paula Kahumbu, Executive Director of WildlifeDirect

[wb2]  Terra Daily - 15 Sep 10 - Highway plan would destroy Serengeti: biologists- Plans to drive a 50-kilometre (31-mile) two-lane highway into Tanzania's Serengeti would destroy one of the world's last great wildlife sanctuaries, top biologists warned on Wednesday.

[wb3]  Save The Serengeti - Click to visit page: "UN World Heritage Committee Report"

[wb4]  Yahoo News - 26 Jun 11 - Tanzania's Serengeti road halt 'no reason to celebrate' - Tanzania's decision to scrap plans to build a highway through the Serengeti national park is no cause for celebration, conservationists said on Sunday, warning that development will con

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