5 Things you need to know about the Great Migration
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You’ve seen it on the TV, you might have watched it in movies, and although it’s hard to find something that compares to David Attenborough’s account of an event – there’s no better place to be during the annual Serengeti Migration than right in the heart of it.Every year in the Serengeti in Africa, thousands upon thousands of Wilderbeast migrate from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, through the Serengeti National Park, towards the Masai Mara in Kenya. The migration is made up of around 1.7 million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of other game – including around 470,000 gazelles, and over 250,000 zebra. It’s actually an all-year round migration, but there are times when the herds are on the move; and others where they are staying put. The migration is based around the rainfall patterns – with short rains usually hitting around early November and the wilderbeest arriving at Ngorongoro in November and December. They stay here for the first few months of the year, giving birth to around 500,000 babies in that time. In April, they start to move north – on and off – hitting the Maasai Mara in around September or October, before starting again.