African Savanna- Serengeti Plains

Scientific Research and Ecotourism


We researched the forms of tourism that already existed in that region to stem ideas for possible tourism ideas that we could establish. We researched the low environmental impact of the jeeps and hot air balloons on the Serengeti, and the positive impact that the money would bring to the region. Tanzania is a leader in ecotourism because it has allocated over a quarter of its land for wildlife conversation. Tour guides would know how to minimize their impact and create environmental awareness and respect on the safari--after all it is also their home. This area is also important to learn of cultural awareness and respect because of the many different cultures found within the Serengeti plains.

Real Scientific research being conducted is led by Samuel J. McNaughton. He is a well respected professor and ecologist at Syracuse University and has devoted the last thirty plus years of his life to exploring the interactions of vegetation and grazers in the Serengeti region. He experimented with many ideas such as grazing facilitation in order to greater understand the role of herbivores in ecosystems. His studies has led to a better understanding on the effects of grazers on nutrient cycling and plant competition.