Monday, August 30, 2010

USVI - Thoughts on passing of Hurricane Earl

As I write this, Hurricane Earl is pounding the islands of the USVI and the BVI. I have personal connections on these islands and have been fortunate to travel to these islands several times. My thoughts go out to everyone living on the islands with hopes that Earl spares you too much damage and that Fiona, fast following in Earl's tracks, will bypass you. My favourite pictures from St. Thomas and St. John:
View of beautiful Magens Bay - rated one of the world's best beaches on St. Thomas. A personal favorite.
Magens Bay St. Thomas
The amazing Trunk Bay on St. John USVI
Trunk Bay, St. John
View of the Charlotte Amalie harbor on St. Thomas USVI

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Save the Serengeti from death highway

It is inconceivable to learn of the horrible news that the Tanzanian Government is planning to build a highway through the very sensitive Serengeti National Park. How can they even think of this? The proposed highway would run right through the northern section of the park and disturb the ancient migration route of millions of wildebeests, zebras, elephants and gazelles. Tanzania has long been known as a beacon of conservation, having saved 25% of their entire land mass for conservation purposes. The Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage Site. A highway through the migration route would surely mean the end of one of the last great migrations left in the world. What is more mystifying is that a southern route, which would serve more people and leave the migration routes alone, has been proposed but not adopted.
According to the Frankfurt Zoological Society, long an important supporter of the Serengeti, the effect of the proposed highway on the park and to Tanzania's status would be tragic and dramatic:

The entire Serengeti will change into a completely different landscape holding only a fraction of its species and losing its world-class tourism potential and its status as the world’s most famous National Park - an immense backlash against the goodwill and conservation achievements of Tanzania.

The loss of the Great Serengeti Migration – the last of its kind in the world - would mean the end of Tanzania’s priceless natural and national heritage, the end of the Serengeti as an iconic World Heritage Site and also a significant decline in tourism in the Serengeti and in the neighbouring Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya. (read full position article here)
Everything that can be done to stop this highway must be done. I have a particular affection for the Serengeti, having traveled there a few years ago and a witness to its wonders. See my previous posts listed below on my experiences there and my slideshow at the bottom of this post. Please consider joining in the fight to save the Serengeti. Many worthwhile conservation organizations are banding together to save this most precious wildlife reserve.
Here is a list of websites and articles:
Save the Serengeti 
Road Kill in the Serengeti - New York Times 
African Wildlife Foundation position
Frankfurt Zoological Society position
Stop the Serengeti Highway Facebook page

My previous blog posts on the Serengeti:
Tanzania: Serengeti National Park
Whale Shakti
African Blessing
Serengeti Love

Wildlife of The Serengeti Slideshow: Labrish Jamaica’s trip from Toronto to Serengeti National Park was created by TripAdvisor. See another Serengeti National Park slideshow. Create a free slideshow with music from your travel photos.