photo © Tom Morrison
Dr. William Newmark’s research is revealing that seasonal mammal migrations are being disrupted as humans encroach on protected land. And worse—that these disruptions may lead to the collapse of some populations. He discusses these problems, and potential solutions, in two brand new articles in the prestigious journals Ecology Letters and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
Imagine bumping along a dusty East African road in an all-terrain vehicle, thorny acacia branches brushing past. You’re surrounded on all sides by herds of zebras, wildebeests, and giraffes, their heads bobbing above the others atop long, graceful necks. They all surge ahead—on a mission, as they have each season for years.
Are you imagining yourself as a National Geographic journalist or wildlife photographer? You don’t have to be either of these things to see the world in a unique and special way. You can just be you.
At Earthwatch, we connect real people with scientists conducting environmental research and conservation projects on wildlife in amazing locations all over the globe. Now we’re thrilled to support the Saving the Tarangire Migration project in beautiful Tanzania.
One of Africa’s most politically stable countries and home to three of the most famous protected areas on the continent, visitors flock to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro, set out on safaris through the Serengeti, and visit famed Olduvai Gorge, where the remains of our earliest human ancestors were discovered.
But it is a less well-known Tanzanian reserve that boasts the highest diversity of large migratory mammals of any park in the world. Tarangire National Park provides habitat for more than 60 large mammal species and 450 bird species. This peaceful park harbors stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro and rivals the Serengeti when it comes to wildlife—yet it’s free from masses of tourists.
While leopards, buffalos, baboons, lions, crocodiles, and elephants all call Tarangire home, Dr. William Newmark needs your help studying herds of wildebeests, zebras and giraffes making their seasonal march across the dry land. These three species represent a number of animal groups that move into the park in the dry season and back out in the wet season, searching for food and water.
Dr. Newmark, lead scientist of the Saving the Tarangire Migration project, believes that more information on these animals and their migrations is needed to protect them in the face of habitat destruction, poaching, climate change, and other challenges. You can help collect this vital data.
Join us as we journey to an African National Park teaming with life and possibility. You can help save the Tarangire migration today.
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