How Does the Great Wildebeest Migration Work.
Serengeti Wildebeest Migration Safari is one of the most spectacular and amazing tourism programs that will give you promising and lasting memories of Tanzania tourism destination.
The wildebeests (gnus) in their magnificent match in thousands and million numbers across the Serengeti endless plains and across the rivers are awesome.
It is rated as one of the world’s most spectacular natural events – every year over a million wildebeest, zebra and antelope migrate clockwise around the Serengeti-Masai Mara ecosystem, taking in two different countries and making time for birthing, courting and mating on the way.
The birth synchronization, calving and predator-prey relationship in a plainly natural battle field is breathtaking and eye catching that no tourist could wait watching this spectacular moment.
But the trouble with the Wildebeest Migration is that if you get your timing wrong, you will end up gazing out over a wildebeest-less Savannah and wondering where all the animals went. You need to work out where to go and when.
How Does the Great Wildebeest Migration Work – Highlights
Despite all this chaos ahead, without fail, they go. Why do they do it?
Why, when most wildebeest in Africa are non-migratory, do the animals of the Mara/Serengeti ecosystems risk it all in one mad trip?
No scientist or naturalist has yet been able to answer this question conclusively. But there are some theories.
Studies using aerial photography show a remarkable level of organization in the structure of the wildebeest herds as they start moving. The groups display a wavy front that snakes out like the head of a swarm. This amazing structure cannot be apparent to each individual wildebeest, which means that there is some degree of decision making that is happening between the animals. Is there some sort of leadership being displayed; maybe a form of communication we don’t yet know about?
Some scientists believe that the wildebeest are motivated by the chemistry of the grass. The herds are attracted to higher levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, which changes in response to the rains. So perhaps the wildebeest are merely following their taste.
It might simply be instinct. Fossil evidence suggests that wildebeest have been roaming the plains of East Africa for over one million years. In the same way their body tells them to run when a lion appears out of the grass, maybe the instinct to migrate has been coded into the DNA of the animals over many years of evolution.