Every year, over 2 million wildebeest & zebra migrate from the short grass plains of the Serengeti into the Masai Mara Game Reserve. Each year around the same time the ‘Great Wildebeest Migration’ begins in the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti of Tanzania. A natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. It is January to March when the calving season begins. A time when there is plenty of rain ripened grass available for the 500,000 zebra that precede 2 million wildebeest and the following 100,000 plains game.
February marks the start of this great migration, preceding the long rainy season when wildebeest spend their time grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2/3-week period, which starts abruptly and is remarkably synchronized. Few calves are born ahead of time, the few that are as much as 6 months out of phase, hardly any will survive. (Estes 1992) The main reason for this being that very young calves are more noticeable to predators when mixed with older calves from earlier in the previous year, and so are easier prey.
The wildebeest migration – it’s ultimately one of the most popular times to go on an African safari tour. A jury of experts polled by the United States’ ABC Television in 2006 selected the event as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. During the migration the wildebeests, zebras and several species of antelope, make an annual, circular tour between the Serengeti in Tanzania and Maasai Mara in Kenya, in search of greener pastures.
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