VOICE YOUR OPINION CHINA IS TRYING TO TAKE THE SEREGENTI MEANING EVEN NOTCH WONT BE ABLE TO SURVIVE,THE POOR RHINOS ELEPHANTS.I GUESS WE SHOULD KISS ALL BELOVED ANIMALS IN MARA SEREGENTI GOOD BYE
A Chinese millionaire with capital worth more than 700 million US dollars, Mr Zhou Yi has shown interest in building a luxurious accommodation facility in Serengeti National Park. Zhou declared his interest before a Tanzanian delegation that is on a visit to China. The delegation is looking for prospective investors in the tourism sector.
“I am now in the initial stages of applying for an investment site in the area. I expect to put up a modern accommodation facility to help increase the number of tourist beds,” he said.
~ Daily News
Tanzania’s tourism industry has always focused on low-impact nature travel rather than mass tourism.
The temptation will now be to look at maximizing tourism arrivals and revenue rather than staying with a long term strategy that will minimize environmental impact.
This is bad news on so many levels. The first is being seen right now in the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya. 4000 beds in the Mara mean multitude of tourists with have a degradation effect on the environment, everything from noise and air pollution from the safari vehicles, to disturbance of the wildlife from illegal off road activities which (I have personally observed) are common among Chinese tourists who pressure their guides to break rules to allow them to get closer for photographs.
The other side of the coin is the Asian voracity for bush meat. “In China, for example, demand for wildlife meat, scales and exotic skins command cash prices in the order of US$150 to US$250 per kilogram, which, if compared to the average incomes of forest-dwelling households in Southeast Asia, allows for a better understanding of the monetary motivations behind this lucrative practice. Finally, the estimated global value of wildlife trade for consumption or recreational purposes is between 10 and 20 billions US dollars per year, according to local civil society groups.” ~ FAO Animal Production and health division.
While the tourists themselves may not indulge in dining on bush meat while on safari, there are many articles and anecdotal stories of Chinese contractors for road, port, or building/hotel construction being caught with large quantities of illegal bush meat, as well as ivory and rhino horn. One of our volunteers whose family owns property in Kenya told a story of catching Chinese who were building a near by road, on his families property – carrying in their hands and in bags on their shoulders were pythons, tortoises, pelicans, egrets, and flamingos.
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TANZANIA SET TO WELCOME CHINESE TOURISTS, INVESTMENTS
SERENGETI WINS HEARTS OF CHINA
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations):
ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HEALTH DIVISION
PHOTO: Cover of Book “CHINA SAFARI: On The Trail of Beijing’s Expansion in Africa