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 H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania:

PROTECT TANZANIA’S WILDLIFE

Tanzania has a remarkable record of conservation that includes some of the greatest natural areas left on earth, such as the iconic Serengeti National Park. But massive new development, government inaction, and an eroding ethic of conservation are bringing this heritage to the brink.

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Assaults to a priceless natural heritage

Elephants in Tanzania are being slaughtered at a tragic rate. An extensive report just released by the United Nations shows that Tanzania leads the continent as the source of blood ivory!

Work is starting on paved roads around the Serengeti National Park, increasing the threat of a commercial route cutting across the park itself. Scientists say this would be the end of the great migration. The government has ignored international help to build a better southern route around the park.

The government says it is determined to build a soda ash factory on Lake Natron, the breeding ground of virtually all of Africa’s Lesser Flamingoes.

A port is being planned for Mwambani Harbor, which will destroy the Tanga Coelocanth Marine National Park.

Uranium mining will begin in Tanzania’s Selous Reserve, which has one of the largest concentrations of elephants in Africa.

There are plans for a dam on the Rufiji River, a critical water source in the Selous reserve.

There is corruption among officials, who have been implicated in the ivory trade and disappearance of climate change funds.

UNESCO wanted to make the Eastern Arc Mountains a World Heritage Site. After fifteen years of work, the government abruptly stopped the process.

We must tell President Kikwete that the world is watching. His government must reverse course, stop the wildlife slaughter, abandon threats to the Serengetii and other areas, and protect the heritage it inherited on behalf of the Tanzanian people and the world.

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There are 78 comments for this article
  1. Richard Chesson at 4:59 pm

    I hope this will be stopped, please help if you can!

  2. Tory Braden at 11:26 pm

    This highway is disaster. After the march in Arusha, it is good to know so many Tanzanians feel the same toward conservation of their wildlife.

  3. annick Boyce at 12:58 am

    President, leave an heritage of life to our kids and next generations…

  4. Karin Arvidsson at 11:45 am

    Think in long terms instead of short! You’ll look back and be proud of your self one day. And so will your grand children.

  5. Tricia Glynn at 1:03 pm

    Elephants should be left to live their lives in peace and freedom. Please end this suffering.

  6. Lynn Thirtle at 6:34 pm

    Please stop this awful wrong doing !!

  7. CAP at 3:16 pm

    WHY did they give this guy an award knowing full well his intent to destroy the Serengeti?

    There is absolutely NO REASON to do this when the alternate route is supported by Germany. He must be getting some financial benefit, kick-back or maybe bribes from the foreign developers.

    This TZ president is a disgrace to the memory and high standards set by his predecessor.

    Wake up Tanzania – the world is watching! Don’t let your government enable terrorists by making it easier for poachers. Don’t let your government destroy the incredible Serengeti.

  8. Brian Makarwe at 1:59 am

    Please Jk leave a better Tanzania to the coming generation!!!! Serengeti should be protected not destroyed by an one?????? Nyerere was not stupid!!! Be wise.

  9. Tina Williams at 8:48 pm

    It will directly affect tourism, the main economy of the country.

  10. Doug Seidman at 8:51 pm

    Please don’t ruin the Serengeti with this road!

  11. Karen Timberlake at 8:51 pm

    I sincerely hope that this highway project does not materialize as this would further endanger an already fragile ecological system that is valuable to our generation and future generations. The incredible wildlife population must be first priority.

  12. Juli Parrott at 9:01 pm

    Please be wise and save your wildlife heritage for future generations.

  13. Cecilia Collins at 9:10 pm

    Save the wildlife for future generations.

  14. John Wood at 9:15 pm

    I support the southern route for a new road.

  15. Danielle Greenwood at 9:25 pm

    To President H.E. Jakaya Kikwete
    Stop the slaughter. Stop the Serengeti highway. Stand up to corruption and put an end the greed. You live in one of the most amazing and beautiful areas on earth. Don’t destroy it—Protect it for all.

  16. Nels Kelstrom at 9:36 pm

    Please reconsider this devastating policy. I will never return to East Africa again for safari if you build this road.

  17. Lesley Taylor at 9:46 pm

    An unbelievably stupid and thoughtless idea to even consider building a road through the Serengeti …… the Wildebeast Migration,along with all the rest of that African country’s animal kingdom, is what gives Tanzania its spectacular, special status!

  18. BTam at 9:51 pm

    Do not destroy the magic and beauty of the Serengeti.

  19. Meredith McCleary at 9:54 pm

    Wake up and see that building the road as proposed is not in the best interest of the people. To do so will cut the life line of two countries – just to please the private interest one country – who can leave you high and dry when they wish. Please take a look at who will benefit from this action – NOT the people of TZ and Kenya -just a few with private interest.
    Again another “rape” of Mother Africa.

  20. Marie Henley at 4:06 pm

    THIS JUST SO VERY WRONG IN MANY WAYS. MONEY JUST SHOULD NOT BE THE REASON TO DISTROY THIS NATURAL WONDER AND ITS BEAUTY!

  21. lynne grimsley at 1:08 pm

    please think of the wildlife that we must SHARE the earth. the earth does not JUST belong to human animals

  22. J. M. McDonald at 3:53 am

    please leave this wilderness alone. Too often progress destroys what nature has given us. This vast nature area should remain untouched for all future generations to enjoy and the animals to prosper in their natural environment.

  23. Kalyahi at 1:44 pm

    LET THE SERENGETI SHINE GREENISH NOT CHANGE THE NATURE; THE NORTHERN PROPOSED ROAD HAS NOTHING OTHER THAN FEW AND SHORT BENEFIT; FOR PROSPECTIVE OF TANZANIA NOW AND THE FUTURE SOUTHERN PROPOSED ROUT IS ACCEPTABLE TO ANY OPEN MINDED HUMAN AND MORE SPECIFIC TO ALL LEADERS WHO MAKE DECISION BENEFICIAL FOR COUNTRY LONG LIFE.

    THOSE LEADER WHO PROPOSES AND INSIST FOR NORTHERN ROUT ROAD THROUGH SERENGETI HOPE ARE NOT TANZANIAN, IF SO THEY HAVE TO GO AND LET SERENGETI AND TANZANIA AND ALL CONCERN ON ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION.

    HOW COME FOR A WISE MAN “LEADER” TO DENIAL THE BENEFICIAL AND LIFE LONG PROJECT FOR SOUTHERN ROUT ROAD THAT FULFILL BOTH POLITICAL PROMISE AND ECOLOGICAL CONSERVATION?

    LEADERS SHOULD KNOW AND CONSIDER ANY DECISION, MISUSE AND DESTRUCTION IS TOTAL MISCHIEF FOR TANZANIA AND WORLD GLOBAL

  24. Burgos at 6:10 pm

    We don’t need any motorway through the Serengeti because that bring the death of many innocents animals

  25. lynne leakey at 1:34 am

    CAP – wondered, too. Protested. Typical that many Americans (mostly politicians who should know better) are totally out of touch with the realiies of life outside their borders (and inside for the most part) and can hand out an award to someone one is systematically undoing and undermining everything for which Tanzania has stood for and dishonouroing everything Mwalimu Julius Nyerere set up for Tanzania and the Serengeti. To ignore a better and less destructive and more beneficial route due to ego and greed “I wanna have it my way …stoimp,stomp,stomp!) Is a frightening sign of worse to come..and we must all keep vigilent, keep informed and keep resisting in every way possible or become part of the downward spiral as well.

  26. Andrea Williamson at 6:55 am

    I just returned from my first trip to East Africa and have been talking up Tanzania to my friends as THE place to go. My friends have been happy to hear details about the wonderful Serengeti. Please don’t make a mistake of building this road that will be so destructive. It is conservation of the wonders of nature that you are blessed with which is your long-term financial stability. This is what attracts tourists and brings in steady income.
    For Lynne Leakey- I’m an American who cares very much about the entire planet. Is stereotyping helpful to this cause?

  27. Jan Morgan at 2:59 pm

    The trip of my dreams was in Tanzania in the late 90s and I will never forget the beauty of the Serengeti, watching the animals, the run rises and sunsets and the raw beauty of the country. I fell in love with Tanzania as it was and should remain an untouched beauty. If tourism is a valuable source of income for the country – you will have to preserve what people are coming for. No animals = no tourism. It is very simple.

  28. Phillipa Challis at 3:07 pm

    Our trip this summer – an amazing adventure in the most incredible country.

  29. annie Hiernaux at 4:56 pm

    je suis contre toute maltraitances envers tout les animaux c’est pour cella que j’ai fait un groupe pour tout les animaux du monde cella est incroyable des choses comme cella c’est honteux

  30. annie Hiernaux at 5:01 pm

    je suis contre toute maltraitance envers tout les animaux du monde c’est pour cella que j’ai fais un groupe pour tout les animaux du monde ,Annie

  31. Shirley Cooper at 5:34 am

    Like any Country, yours also is full of corrupt officials which is extremely unfortunate on the wildlife. Get these greedy officials out of office and get yourself back on track. The World is watching and what you do in destroying your Country today, will have drastic affects on you in the near future. Beware!!!!!

  32. marie de Jager at 2:03 pm

    Please leave the Serengeti alone

  33. Denise Tavares at 12:11 pm

    Please don’t kill the wildlife we haven’t much left.

  34. Sanne Madsen at 4:42 pm

    Stop this now please – my heart goes out to these animals.

  35. Mark Jameson at 7:09 pm

    No to the Serengeti highway and you must do all you can to protect Africa’s Elephant’s and Rhino’s.

    The poaching must stop

  36. Werner Bollmann at 10:10 pm

    Would anybody build a motorway through the pyramids? Of course not. This ecosystem is one of the most beautiful ones, the gem of East-Africa, a natural heritage. Save it!

  37. Malley at 12:47 pm

    Corruption has been a preority to our leaders, they do not care about the country at all. Its shame

  38. Riki Berlin at 5:04 am

    SAVE the SERENGETI and the WORLD will be FOREVER GRATEFUL!! THANK you for doing what is right by the animals of planet Earth.

  39. Selma oksanen at 12:20 pm

    Hands off the Serengeti you greedy people!!!

  40. Joanna Smith at 3:37 am

    SAVE the SERENGETI… Leave it be, don’t touch it. The animals need it. We humans have managed so far without this highway, we will continue to manage and use the routes we’ve been using decades. There is no need for a highway through the middle of a nature…

  41. Pamela Freeman at 9:16 pm

    We greedy, callous humans seem to forget that we share this earth with animals that are more rare and unique than us. The animals are quite willing to share the Serengeti with us, but all they want is to be left in peace and safety. LEAVE THE SERENGETI ALONE, LEAVE THE ANIMALS AND ENVIRONMENT IN PEACE, AND STOP THE ROAD PROJECT.

  42. susan dandorf at 7:16 pm

    we must all band together to save the Serengeti ! we MUST NOT lose this fight for the sake of all these magnificent animals!

  43. mellisa donaldson at 3:57 pm

    save the Serengeti, save us all, you cannot undo the damage that will be done if this road goes is built.

  44. Sara kearns at 8:12 pm

    It is a sad world we will be leaving for our fellow citizens especially of we do not take care of the treasures this world still has. Please stop and think what it will be like without our Rhinos, elephants,
    Lions and all the endangered species.. For those who have not been to see the Serengeti it is time you did we need to say loud and clear The Serengeti shall not die.

  45. cathala corine at 8:25 am

    On doit protéger cette zone bien entendu

  46. Brigitte P Mollel at 10:41 pm

    To the Autorities,

    Keep acting the way You are, so this way , the tourist will no more come to safaris in Tz , your children will never have the chance to admire all animals , You”re killing your future , what are your future goals if all wild beast are gone & killed , the Tourisme is the major $$$$ source in Tz , Instead, You should improve faciliites in Parks & Reserves, stop filling up for your own pocket
    Pls leave a future for your own children .
    Mama simba

  47. Alan Newstead at 1:17 pm

    Nature is too beautifull and important for us to mess it up and or lose it!!

  48. Uwe Noll at 11:42 am

    Leave the Serengeti as it is!!!!!!!!!!

  49. Cheryl Beutel at 7:43 pm

    YES, leave the Serengeti as it is. It’s so wonderful and we are lucky to be a part of it.

  50. bertrais at 5:57 pm

    L’être humain n’a pas le droit de vie ou de mort des animaux, je suis choqué par tous ces comportements immatures

  51. GUIRAM at 11:01 pm

    Sauvons les animaux et leur environnement.

  52. GUIRAN at 11:03 pm

    Sauvons les animaux et leur environnement

  53. cleopatra camicase at 11:18 pm

    cuidemo los animales, son necesarios para el equilibrio ecologico de la naturaleza, son seres vivos que sienten como nosotros.

  54. cleopatra camicase at 11:21 pm

    es necesario cuidar de los animales, son seres vivos como nosotros y tambien sienten, y son necesarios para el equilibrio ecologico de la naturaleza, en que vivimos todos.

  55. john schonher at 12:10 am

    I hope to save every species from exploitation

  56. Naomi oliver at 3:42 am

    These developments will destroy so many animals and habitat, once gone it will be gone forever. Is this the legacy Tanzania wants to leave for future generations?

  57. Alen Tardif at 10:12 am

    Protégeons notre vie animal des ignorent.

  58. Jackie Tulli at 2:51 pm

    Please save the Serengeti, as it belongs to the animals. It`s their land given to them by God!!!

  59. Kateřina Nováková at 8:33 pm

    Save the Serengeti!! Save the wildlife!!