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The Wildebeest Migration

07-21-2012 16:43 BJT

The 1.3 million strong wildebeest herd of Tanzania and Kenya trace a clockwise circuit of East Africa's great grassland plains, following the rain and the ripening grasses. Burchelli's Zebras infiltrate the black mass, perhaps seeking protection amid the numbers, while other hoofed species join the migration on its fringes, a colorful carnival of herbivores trudging, lurching, and leaping across the grasslands and woodlands. Africa's great predators are never far away from the menagerie.

The trek begins in the south, after the wildebeest birthing season in February. The herd moves northwest, chasing rain and abundance, arriving at the northern end of the circuit in the Mara Triangle in July or August. Predicting where the wildebeest will be with any precision is impossible, but, generally, the migration follows a regular pattern, although one ultimately dictated by the vagaries of wind, sun, and rain.

Southern Serengeti/Ngorongoro
Late December to Early April

Western Corridor
April to Late June

Mara Triangle
Late June to October

Eastern Serengeti/Loliondo
October to December


Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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