The Great Wildebeest Migration
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What is the Great Wildebeest Migration?
he Great Wildebeest Migration is the largest animal migration on earth, involving over 2 million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles every year. Wildebeest migrate on a loop path through Tanzania and Kenya following the seasonal rains even when that involves passing through dangerous territory.
Wildebeest typically inhabit the Serengeti plains of southeastern Africa. For most of their lives, wildebeest graze in the grassy savannas and open woodlands of the plains, which straddle the nations of Tanzania and Kenya.
More than 1.5 million wildebeest migrate in an enormous loop every year. The annual migration northwest, at the end of the rainy season (usually in May or June) is recognized as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Natural World.”
The search for greener pastures does not come without danger. Its migration route crosses many rivers, most filled with giant Nile crocodiles.
When to Travel?
The herds move south from the north-east and into the area near Lake Ndutu in Serengeti. Short spells of rain can be seen from Novemeber onwards, and the herds start to split into smaller groups as they prepare for yet another death-defying crossing back to Serengeti.
Some 500,000 calves are born during this period, making it a prime period for predators to prey on the vulnerable young.