Every year, approximately 1.2 million wildebeest, over 200,000 zebras, and a few antelopes cross the Mara River to the Serengeti National Park in search of greener pastures. These animals are motivated to follow the rains by a strong instinct. They are prepared to battle all of nature’s forces in order to reach their destination.
Why might wildebeests fail in their migration if zebrasildebeests see a thunderstorm on the horizon and head towards it? They understand that the grass they eat grows after it rains.
Hundreds of wild animals are killed while crossing the Mara rivers. This is due to a strong water current and predator attacks.
In the wrong direction
If you believe that wildebeest migrate along the safest proven route every year, you are mistaken. Around 10,000 wildebeest were killed in 2007 when they began crossing rivers on the wrong side. This would not have happened if the victims had been accompanied by zebras.
Wildebeests migrate over long distances, but they rely on zebras to keep their path safe. Zebras have an excellent memory, which allows them to choose the best path for the wildebeests to follow.
As a result, zebras spotted among a herd of wildebeests are not lost. They play an important role in keeping the herd on track.
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