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Wildebeests In The Great Migration

By Chris Taylor Monday, July 23, 2018

Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. I got a chance recently to sit and film the wildebeests at Timbavati Wildlife Park. I thought to myself, self, how about you and I do some digging to know more about one of the largest antelope species in the world. You know what I came up with? It’s called The Great Migration.

 

This migration in Africa is joined by thousands of zebras and gazelles. Most of the migration movement takes place in Tanzania and Kenya. The Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area are among the areas that the migration takes place in. The Great Migration sees over 1.5 million Wildebeests and 200,000 zebras all marching in one direction at the same time.

 

Wildebeests And Challenges

 

Between January and March around a half million wildebeests are born. They just the number of new calves a day at 8,000, I’d say that’s one busy stork. During the great migration the animals travel 800 km or more. Research has also shown that when a herd of wildebeest face an obstacle or threat swarm mentality is used to push the herd past that challenge.

 

There are a ton of challenges during the migration also. There are predators, exhaustion, I mean the Serengeti alone is home to more than 3,000 lions. Add a croc and a leopard or two and the migration is as challenging as it is epic.

 

Luckily for you folks you can enjoy the wildebeests right here in the Wisconsin Dells at Timbavati Wildlife Park. They graze in our Grasslands Area and are visible from the Safari Train Ride as well as from the park on our general admission. Hop on over to timbavatiwildlifepark.com for more information.

 

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