Serengeti Shall Not Die

Serengeti Shall Not Die

Serengeti Shall Not Die

Serengeti Shall Not Die

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I remember years ago having a conversation with Sir Osbert Sitwell in Italy, and in the course of it I mentioned that I was considering a journey to the temples of Angkor-Wat in Indo-China but was finding some difficulty in making up my mind; for one thing the expense of the trip was very great. Sir Osbert made the lapidary remark, "Anyone who can go to Angkor-Wat and does not is mad." I went. I was captivated.

My feelings about the Serengeti Reserve in Tanganyikaare somewhat similar to Sir Osbert's about Angkor-Wat. If you have the money to spare go there, and do not delay too long for this spectacle may not be as enduring as stone temples. From year to year the threat of extermination hangs over these wild animals, and it is very unlikely that our children will ever see them as we can see them now--the vast procession of zebras, gazelles and wildebeest moving across the open plains, the lions lying like cats in the sun with hyenas and jackals circling nervously about them, the vultures hovering in the immense sky and the blue hills in the distance. The Serengeti is the home of nearly all the best-known African species, from the very large animals like elephant, rhinoceros and giraffe to the tiny mongoose and the tortoise. But year by year the numbers of the herds grow less as the poachers and tribesmen attack them and make inroads upon their waterholes and grazing grounds. The Serengeti is supposed to be a reserve where no wild animals can be killed, but there is insufficient money to police it properly, and the demand for the land for agricultural purposes is steadily increasing everywhere in Africa.

One can argue that the tourist trade attracted to Tanganyika by the Serengeti produces much more money than . . .

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