Blue wildebeest herd migrating at sunset, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya
© Denis-Huot/Minden Picture
Wildebeest on the move
Each year, as many as 1.5 million blue wildebeest move through the Serengeti region of eastern Africa, travelling in a roughly 1,200-kilometre loop through Tanzania and Kenya as they chase lush, green grass and fresh water. When resources are depleted in one area, the animals move to another. Late summer in the region often finds them at Kenya’s Maasai Mara nature reserve, shown on today’s homepage. The speedy wildebeest (the species can run up to 80 km/h!) is not alone in its journey; hundreds of thousands of zebras, gazelles, and elands (another kind of antelope) accompany the herd. The great number of animals makes this phenomenon one of the largest land migrations on Earth, often called the World Cup of Wildlife.