Rebecca has been working at FFI since September 2007. Though she studied conservation in her BA and MSc, she decided that the life in the jungle just wasn't for her. Having grown up in New York City, she has experienced more pigeons and squirrels than parrots and spider monkeys. So she decided to write about the impact that FFI's projects have on the ground.
Her current role as Communications Officer (Business & Biodiversity) has allowed her to focus her energy towards FFI's innovative Business & Biodiversity Programme. Rebecca helps to get the message out about FFI's strategic corporate partnerships and what they have helped to achieve for global biodiversity.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) was saddened to hear the news that the government of Tanzania has approved a major commercial highway across Serengeti National Park.
The northern Serengeti – located near the Kenya border – is the most remote and pristine area in the Park’s entire ecosystem.
With Kenya’s world famous Masai Mara reserve, the Serengeti National Park comprises an ecosystem of massive global importance and local value, which depends on and is defined by the migration of around two million wildebeest and zebra.
This wildlife, which has relied on traditional migratory routes for centuries, will be severely impacted by the plan, as will be local livelihoods and the important wildlife tourist industry.
FFI has joined other conservation organisations, including our local partner the East African Wildlife Society and the IUCN, in sending a letter to Kenyan Ministers urging them to intervene to stop or re-route the planned highway. Though the road is within Tanzania, its construction would cut across the wildebeest migration attempting to enter the Masai Mara Reserve to the north. A route to the south of the Serengeti would be much better for development and wildlife alike.
Please join the growing local and international support network that is working to re-route the road. Send an email to the Tanzanian President via forests.org and spread the word via email, Facebook and Twitter.
Photo credits: Frankfurt Zoological Society