More than likely, you’ve heard the phrase “The Seven Wonders of the World.” But did you know that all but one of these spectacular ancient wonders have disappeared from the face of the earth?
The original seven wonders were considered the lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt; the statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece; the hanging gardens of Babylon in Iraq; the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Turkey; the temple of Artemis in Turkey; and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt — the only one still in existence today.
The lesson here is obvious. You shouldn’t take the fascinating and beautiful things in this world for granted because one day they could disappear. The following are ten world treasures that are, sadly, at risk of disappearing from the face of this earth for various reasons. If you haven’t already seen these amazing places, you might want to consider moving them to the top of your must-see list now.
1. The Endangered Serengeti – Tanzania
Today, the endless plains of the Serengeti are still teeming with gazelle, lions, elephants, giraffes and cheetahs– just to name a few of the species that can be seen in this huge Tanzanian national park.
The Serengeti is also the site of the greatest mammal migration on earth.
Every year approximately 2 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle move through the park, following the life-giving rains and the resulting grass.
Accompanying the vast herds are hungry predators, such as lions and hyenas. And following all of the animals are thousands of humans crowded into Jeeps and looking for that perfect picture.
Unfortunately, the wild world of the Serengeti is under attack. The government of Tanzania wants to build a road through the park that would connect its coastal area to Lake Victoria as well as to the African countries that lie to its west. If this road is built, conservationists fret that it could cut right through the great migration’s route near the Kenyan border. How bad could this be for the Serengeti?
In an opinion piece for “Nature” magazine, scientists wrote that the road “could lead to the collapse of the largest remaining migratory system on earth.” As of May 2014, the fate of the road — and the migration — is still in the hands of the Tanzanian court system.