July 20 – Call Of The Wildebeest

Today’s Factismal: Every year, over 1,200,000 wildebeest move through the Serengeti during the Great Migration.

One of the world’s most amazing places stretches from northeast Tanzania to southeast Kenya. Known as the Serengeti (Masai for “Endless Plains”), this hilly region is home to 500 different species of birds, 70 different species of large mammals (including the famed “big five“), and countless different species of plants. But what is perhaps most amazing about the Serengeti is the annual wildebeest migration.

Wildebeest on the plains (My camera)

Wildebeest on the plains
(My camera)

Over the course of the year, the more than 1.2 million wildebeest that call the Serengeti home move from the short grass plains where the females all give birth within a three week period to the river region where they shelter from the summer drought and back again. As they move from place to place, their hooves sound like thunder and their coats darken the landscape. It is the world’s largest mass migration of mammals.

Walk a little, graze a litte (My camera)

Walk a little, graze a litte
(My camera)

If you’d like to see the migration happen, then you have two choices. Either you can fly to Africa to watch it in person, or you can join the Wildebeest Watch team and look at the wildebeest and other animals as they pass by trap cameras. Classify what you see and you’ll be taking part in another great migration – that of data from the files to the minds of great scientists.

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