The pandemic is affecting Serengeti's protection. But not all is lost.
Lack of income means national park authorities struggle to keep wildlife safe. But you can help change that.
But there is trouble in paradise.
This is bad news, because now national park authorities struggle to pay for aerial surveillance flights to both monitor animal populations and look for poaching activity, and for on the ground ranger teams who physically patrol and remove snares set to kill animals. Additional teams have been put in the field in an endeavour to help combat an increase in poaching, requiring additional resources.
So far, we have been able to support some operational costs through the Mission Possible campaign. Although those donations have been helpful, the coronavirus pandemic and associated lack of tourism are ongoing problems. So, until tourism can resume, ongoing costs for fuel, vehicle maintenance and equipment need continual external support.
Cover photo taken by Carol Boag