H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania:


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.



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 27 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.

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  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