What a highway in the Mara and Serengeti means

The Maasai Mara and The Serengeti are unquestionably the most profiled parks on this continent and only because of the largest animal migration on our planet.

Thousands of Wildebeest, Zebras and other herbivores cross over from Tanzania into Kenya and vice versa, as they search for fresher greener pastures as well as to breed and deliver new offspring.

This routine which is driven by natural instinct and has been followed for centuries will now have a highway directly in its path!!

Our Maasai Mara predators such as Lions, Cheetahs and Hyenas who have carefully timed the birth of their young to coincide with this migration and are desperately awaiting the arrival of the herbivores after a prolonged period of hunger, may be wiped out by starvation.

The new highway could support hundreds of coaches, large trucks and other vehicles traversing each day. Imagine thousands of Wildebeest lined up on the side of this highway, all disoriented, scared and unable to cross the large tarmac into the Mara consequently forcing them to return into Tanzania. Imagine the number of wildlife massacres
and human loss from the road accidents as well as the air pollution, noise pollution and increased levels of poaching.

What is your take on this?


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