Update from Rajat Dhesi
The wildebeest were captured in the Kusini Area! However, a big herd is in the Central Serengeti.
The great migration movies constantly. Feasting complete and leaving behind a rather barren landscape in the south, the herds follow the rumblings of thunder northwards. Mega columns of wildebeest stretch from the south, through the Moru Kopjes in the central Serengeti and all the way to the Western Corridor.
Update from Christopher Ciccone
Historically, however, the Ndutu plains are still the area to focus on! Game viewing is prolific and the park is very quiet due to the risk of some rain.
Little Red taking care of Spot’s cubs, while Spot was sleeping nearby. The two daughters of Siena (one of the original Marsh Pride females) are always together. We are hoping the cubs will adopt this behaviour into adulthood!
Yaya was captured with Baba Yao, one of the six Marsh males. He has been trying to mate with her for the last few weeks – they are therefore spending a lot of time together and this morning they were spotted feeding on zebra together.
As the grass becomes depleted in the south, the great herds are starting to move into the woodlands west of Seronera towards the western corridor.
Large numbers of griffon vultures follow the herds waiting for the old and weak to fall.
Thunderstorms are becoming common as the long rains are starting. It is thought that the wildebeest follow the lightning and thunderstorms in search of water. They continue eating as they move, and are scattered all across the plains, generally west of Ndutu. One day they will be all around and the next they could all have moved off, like a single entity. As the rains start to fall, the wildebeest canter off towards the storms, searching for water, Sometimes after a day or two, they return if the promise of water did not materialise.
Thank you to Herd Tracker for this week’s update!
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