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2010-09-16 06:35:00

The Tanzanian government's plan to build a 31-mile highway into the Serengeti would devastate one of the planet's last great wildlife sanctuaries, biologists warned Wednesday. 27 experts on biodiversity in a commentary, published in the journal Nature, said: "the road will cause an environmental disaster." The experts urged Tanzanian officials to use an alternate route that runs further south of the Serengeti. The alternate route would be around 155 miles farther south, below the Ngorongoro...

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2010-08-25 19:51:40

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are requesting that the Government of Tanzania reconsider the proposed construction of a commercial road through the world's best known wildlife sanctuary"”Serengeti National Park"”and recommend that alternative routes be used that can meet the transportation needs of the region without disrupting the greatest remaining migration of large land animals in the world.At issue is the proposed...

2009-06-05 13:11:13

A Chinese nature photographer is the first from his country to be named a Climate Hero by the United Nations Environment program. Luo Hong, 42, was honored Thursday as a person who has undertaken exceptional personal feats, high-profile expeditions or other acts of environmental activism, said Achim Steiner, the program's executive director. Luo left the business world to travel from the Arctic to the Antarctic and from Kenya to South Africa to document the need for environmental protection,...

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2009-04-22 13:30:00

Researchers reported on Wednesday that numbers of wild grazing animals in Kenya's world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve have fallen substantially in 15 years as wildlife competes with neighboring human settlements, Reuters reported. In 2006, a U.S. TV network and newspaper named the Masai Mara, best known for its spectacular annual wildebeest migration, the seventh "New Wonder" of the world as hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the reserve annually. However, six species -- giraffes,...

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2008-04-29 13:15:00

Tourists to Kenya's Masai Mara game reserve have been reluctant to visit since last year's violence in the area, resulting in an economic slump in the 510 sq km area known as the Mara Triangle.The non-profit Mara Conservancy was established in January 2001, and by May 2001, began managing the Mara Triangle on behalf of the County Council of Trans Mara.After violence over last year's election, tourists have strayed from the area, which is limiting resources to pay pastoralists for cattle...

2005-08-23 05:41:29

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Five men armed with guns and machetes ambushed and robbed nine tourists returning from an evening game drive in Kenya's world famous Maasai Mara game reserve, police said on Tuesday. One of them was injured with a machete cut. The tourists -- from the United States, South Africa and Japan -- were returning to their resorts at the park in southwestern Kenya when they were attacked on Monday evening. "They said their vehicle was ambushed from a game drive ... by...