It is late July and the sun is blazing hot. The ground is littered with tufts of dry grass. The animals are moving about in a restless manner. They seem to be instinctively communicating to each other on their possible cause of action. Soon the ground reverberates and the atmosphere is filled with dust. The powerful and agile animals with a short mane also known as the Gnu trudge along the rugged terrain with their powerful hooves. The close to 600 miles hazardous annual migration has begun. The wildebeests are in search of grazing fields. The wildebeest huddle together numbering close to over a million but in separate herds. Thousands of zebras and gazelles join this arduous trek. Perilous is the journey, however, not to migrate spells doom and death from starvation.
The journey begins in Southern Serengeti in Tanzania moving north along the Serengeti Western Corridor. As time moves on the number is increasingly getting bigger as newborns are added to the herd. The competition for pasture becomes stiffer. As summer sets in, the wildebeest start the Grumeti River crossover. The river is heavily infested with ravenous crocodiles. At this point, many of the wildebeests that are sick, weak and weary due to the unforgiving terrain succumb to the predators and others are stuck in the muddy river.
With that hurdle behind them, to the north in Kenya is Masai Mara grazing plains. This is their destination. The Masai Mara National Reserve is a vantage place to behold the Mara crossover. In late July, the herds begin to arrive and wait for the last dangerous crossover when their number swells. Here is where another good number of the herd loses their lives. It’s estimated that when the migration is over, 200,000 wildebeests would have died.
With the rapidly changing climatic conditions and weather patterns, one can never be sure for how long the migration which is one of the seven natural wonders of the world will last. Therefore, this is a momentous occurrence whose sight will forever resonate in one’s mind. Furthermore, it will definitely arouse a desire in you to come back again to watch the awe-inspiring wildebeest migration. However, with increased interest in this wonder of the world, much is being done to preserve it by checking on human encroachment on forests and game reserves and the changes in weather patterns. With these measures, this spectacular site will continue for a long period to come.
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