Thursday, October 11, 2007

Wildebeest - Seventh Wonder of the World

The mass migration of 5 million wildebeest in the Mara-Serengeti eco-system that spans Kenya and Northern Tanzania begins in July and ends in late October when the wildebeest migrate back to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

The sight of millions of animals in transit attracts more than 300,000 tourists a year and is an important part of the economies of Kenya and Tanzania. Arusha, in northern Tanzania, is the centre of safari tourism in Tanzania.

This year's wildebeest migration has been marked by the shocking death of some 15,000 animals that drowned at the Mara river crossing in Kenya.

The carcasses of wildebeest rotting since last week are being picked over by Maribu storks, vultures, crocodiles and other scavengers.

"It was a strong tide that swept them away," said Mara administrative official, Sarisa Nkadaru, adding that most wildebeest died when they were stepped on by others.

Some officials blame the destruction of the nearby Mau forest for changing weather patterns and affecting tide levels, and they called on the government to curb the deforestation.

"Had the forest not been destroyed, the speed of water in the river would have been checked and the wildebeest would not have been swept away," local conservationist Doris Ombara said.

"We have raised alarm over the dangers of the destruction and what was witnessed last weekend is one of them," she said.

This reminds me that even our most prolific and fertile environments may be showing the effects of climate change. I'm glad that this is becoming more recognised.

Source: Reuters

It is great to see that Tanzanian Tourism is launching its first-ever advertising campaign in the U.S.

After decades of being an add-on trek for safari trips originating in Kenya, Tanzania will be promoted as a standalone destination with its first TV campaign in the states. The ads appeared on CNN during late September with the tagline “Tanzania: Land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and the Serengeti.” Visuals showcase the three destinations within the country and native Tanzanians, while mentioning that the first ancestors of humans called Tanzania home.

I hope that this kind of promotion helps to boost tourism to Tanzania. It is a country with plenty to offer!


Jed said...

I think that your blog is wonderful. I am a boy in Queensland(australia). and my blog address is
my class blog is
keep up the good work
our school libraian is going to set up a libary at st jude


Six J said...

Hello Gillian,
I am the very proud teacher of Jed and 24 other fantastic Year 6 kids. We began blogging as a way to share what we learn at school and to give the children a larger audience for their work.
We are very interested in the School of St Jude because, as Jed told you,our school librarian is going as a volunteer next year to help set up a new library. We have collected supplies for the new library and all ready sent them over. On our blog is a link to Mrs O'B's site which is a blog about her recent trip to Africa and the school.
Thank you for your comment. The children were very excited and would love to hear from you again.

Gillian said...

Hi Jed and Denise,

It's great to hear from you. I'm tremendously impressed by your class blog. What a great learning experience for your class.

I enjoyed reading Mrs O'B's blog about her visit to St Judes. It's such a great project ... already achieving so much, and with so much more that is possible.

Nero said...

hi my name is nero and I am a boy in brisbane australia my blog is and my class blog is so take a look and try to leave a comment thanks.