Serengeti National Park celebrates anniversary
60 years ago, the Serengeti National Park was established within the boundaries it still has today.
60 years ago, the Serengeti National Park was established within the boundaries it still has today. But the Serengeti is more than a national park: the vast plains in northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro highlands in the east, the Kenyan Maasai Mara in the north, and the forest up to Lake Victoria in the west form a diverse and unique ecosystem with a total area of around 30,000 square kilometers. Today, the Serengeti is one of the most famous national parks in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Serengeti ecosystem is home to Africa's large mammals as well as countless other animal and plant species. Almost two million animals migrate across the ecosystem every year in search of water. The migration of wildebeests, zebras and Thompson and Grant gazelle is thus the largest migration of ungulates in the world.
Protected areas are becoming rarer. We should continue to do everything we can to make sure these areas remain for eternity. Gerald Bigurube, former FZS Country Director Tanzania
The national park authority Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) is responsible for the protection of the Serengeti National Park, while the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) coordinates the scientific research. Together with a team of nature conservation partners, they make a critical contribution to the preservation of the ecosystem.
In 1958 Michael and Bernhard Grzimek started their first wildlife studies in the Serengeti and their documentary "Serengeti shall not die" made the protected area known to the world. Since then, the history of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) has been inextricably linked to the protected area in Tanzania.
FZS's commitment to the Serengeti National Park over the past decades has been manifold: support of anti-poaching activities, maintenance of the TANAPA car fleet, aerial surveillance of the park, training of park rangers, construction of infrastructure and the reintroduction of rhinos. Especially the participation of the surrounding communities in nature conservation has been crucial for the long-term success.
FZS will continue to support the Serengeti National Park financially and logistically.
We’ll contribute our know-how to help protect the natural resources as well as to further develop monitoring and park management. FZS is ready for the next 60 years – and beyond.
Greece has the Acropolis, France has the Eiffel Tower, Egypt has the pyramids – Tanzania has the Serengeti, an icon of wilderness in this increasingly urbanized world. Christof Schenck, FZS Director
The Serengeti is a wild place, a treasure for Tanzania, its wildlife but also for its citizens. And for people all over the world. We all must ensure that this spectacular ecosystem will be preserved for future generations.