07 August 2012

The "Great Migration" arrives in Kenya

The annual Great Migration of wildebeest from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania has arrived in the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
The circular migration, driven by the rain and the new grass that follows it, usually starts around end of May/early June in the Serengeti National Park when the first animals start moving to the areas around the Grumeti River. By end of June, the animals are moving further northwards, so that they arrive the Maasai Mara National Reserve via the Mara River by the end of July/early August. In early November, with the start of the short rains, the migration starts moving south to the Serengeti National Park again, usually arriving there in December in plenty of time for calving in February.

The Great Migration is one of the most impressive natural events worldwide, involving some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 500,000 Thomson's gazelles, 100,000 topi, 20,000 elands, and abhout 200,000 zebras.

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