This is worrying news for the Serengeti National Park. A proposed highway through the Serengeti threatens to upset the area’s ecosystem, according to 27 scientists writing in the scientific publication Nature. Some predictions suggest that, if the road was to go ahead, the migrating wildebeest herds could drop from 1.3 million to as little as 300,000. Pressure is mounting for the road to be built ahead of national elections as it has a perceived economic benefit, linking the coast of Tanzania with Lake Victoria, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Let’s hope that an alternative route, to the south of the park, will be deemed a more sensible option.
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