July

Kenya and Tan­za­nia

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents -

Wilde­beest mi­gra­tion, salmon run and hump­back whales

Tightly packed an­te­lope stretch­ing as far as the eye can see, gal­lop­ing in a cloud of dust – it’s the epic jour­ney of more than 1.5 mil­lion wilde­beest on their quest for fresh pas­tures in the Serengeti (Tan­za­nia) and Maa­sai Mara (Kenya) na­tional parks. As they fol­low the rains on their epic mi­gra­tion, the an­i­mals at­tract count­less preda­tors, such as hye­nas, jack­als, lions, leop­ards, chee­tahs and croc­o­diles. This ‘won­der of the nat­u­ral world’ is a dra­matic and large-scale wildlife spec­ta­cle that sees the wilde­beest travel nearly 3,000km. The wilde­beests’ per­ilous Grumeti River cross­ing usu­ally oc­curs in July (the tim­ing de­pends on the rains), when they must avoid await­ing at­tack­ers be­fore con­tin­u­ing north.

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