the north east corner of Tanzania lies a beautiful
national park: the Tarangire.
During the wet season the animals migrate out
of the park in search of particular food sources.
This brings them into conflict with agriculturalists.
In a project to understand the migration routes,
zebra, wild beasts and elephants are captured,
radio collared and tracked for years at a time.
The research involves a lot of adventure and
sophisticated technology. From tracking on foot
to the use of satellites scientists are able
to supply the data necessary for managing the
areas around the park .
Balancing wildlife conservation and human development
is a difficult task.
Short term profits are on a collision course
with long term sustainability.
The research has a broad spectrum that involves
the Masai: without the local people’s
support the project would be unlikely to succeed.
The results of the study will be used by the
local authorites to determine what areas need
to be left untouched around the Tarangire in
order to ensure the survival of this unique
natural environment for generations to come.