Wildebeest Calving on the Serengeti
Over the next 4 to 5 weeks about 80% of the wildebeest young of the Serengeti will be born. Unlike many other animals, the mother seeks the protection of the herd around her, rather than looking for somewhere quiet and away from the crowd.
Within hours of being born the calf can stand and run and after 10 days will taken its first mouthful of nourishing Serengeti grass. So starts a very nomadic life for the next 20 years – if it avoids all the perils of the continuous journey. The giant herds follow the rains across the plains and the fresh grass that this heralds, crossing rivers and always keeping a wary eye out for all that predates them. On average they will cover 1000 miles a year.
This is also a bonanza time for all the predators of the wildebeest and many of them coincide their own births to this time to ensure a steady supply of food. From jackals to lions the next few weeks are the easier times for hunting although the sheer size of the herds can be confusing and dangerous.
Not only do the calves have to watch what is a round them on the ground, but be aware of the skies above many of the eagles are quite capable of killing them.
To witness this spectacle or to see the herd migrating across the Serengeti and Masai Mara on their annual trek, then please get in touch. Whether you want a bespoke or tailor made holiday or want to join a small group, then give us a call and we will discuss the benefits of each option. Please contact me on –
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