Monday, September 20, 2010
The Tanzanian Government is proposing to build a two-lane 50 km road through the northern end of the Serengeti Park. In a document entitled "Scientists urge halt to road through Serengeti", written by Lin Edwards and posted at the physorg.com (http://www.physorg.com/news203922013.html ) website, Edwards indicates that
scientists suggest this idea to build a road is not acceptable to them because it will interfere with the migration of wildebeest and zebra in the park.
In addition, as stated by Edwards, "The road would be used by vehicles carrying goods, including herbicides, pesticides, and seeds of potentially invasive species. The scientists say it would be a source of chemical pollutants such as lead and other heavy metals that would flow into waterways in high concentrations in the rainy season. They say a road dividing the park would also make life easier for poachers, and would increase human conflicts with the animals in the park."
Scientists, led by Andrew Dobson of Princeton University, propose an alternative route running to the south of the park, which they say will bring greater benefits to the environment and development without threatening the wildebeest population or the tourist industry, which supports thousands of people. You can read a PDF file concerning this situation by clicking on the following link:
Hopefully the Tanzania Government will seriously consider the suggestion of these scientists so that the wildebeest and zebra populations will continue to thrive in the country. The annual migration of over one million and a half white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra. is one of the most recognized aspects of the Serengeti Park's existence (source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serengeti_National_Park ).
"I have lived in the Serengeti for more than 20 years, but flying over the long lines of migrating wildebeest or watching them gather before a river crossing, still takes my breath away and makes my heart pound. Nowhere in the world can we watch such a spectacular scene, nowhere do we have such a large number and diversity of large mammals."
Dr. Markus Borner, Representative of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (source:http://www.serengeti.org/migration.html )
You can read more about this situation at the following websites:
You can watch a National Geographic video about the migration by clicking on the following link:
Another video about the migration can be viewed by clicking on the following link:
Source of image:http://mirror-us-ga1.gallery.hd.org/_exhibits/natural-science/_more2002/_more11/Wildebeest-migration-Serengeti-National-Park-Tanzania-SMO.jpg
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Thoughts worth thinking about
Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia
A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi
The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama
Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw
Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165
The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.