The survival of Tanzania’s elephants is at stake – up-to-date records show that every year, thousands of them are being targeted by poachers for the ivory trade. When the President of Tanzania took office nine years ago, there were still about 75,000 elephants living in Selous.
The government of President Kikwete has taken far too weak a stance against elephant poaching. Furthermore, it is tightly focused on the country's economic development and the exploitation of natural resources in this wildlife paradise.
Plans include uranium mining in Selous and adjacent nature reserves as well as the construction of a highway through the world-famous Serengeti National Park. This arterial road is intended to shorten transportation routes from the interior of the continent to the coast – but it will also disrupt the yearly migration of millions of animals.
The unspoilt environment of Mwambani Bay on the Indian Ocean is slated to give way to a new export harbor that will threaten the Tanga Coelacanth Marine Park and the rare coelacanths living there. These giant fish are living fossils that have barely changed over the past 400 million years.
A soda ash mining operation is planned for Lake Natron, the main breeding ground for the Lesser Flamingo. The development could wipe out the species’ biggest colony in the world, comprised of 2.5 million birds.
Please sign the petition of Save the Serengeti and Rainforest Rescue addressed to the President of Tanzania – join us in calling for an immediate stop to the planned projects as well as the strict protection of Tanzania’s wildlife. These natural treasures are not the property of any one country, but are a part of our planet's natural heritage.