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Here are 5 fascinating Great Migration facts you might not know:

1. The Great Migration sees over 1.5 million wildebeest, 200 000 zebra and a host of other antelope travelling cross country.

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Wildebeest roaming the Serengeti plains

2. The Great Migration is the largest overland migration in the world. The animals travel a total of 800km or more during each cycle.

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Large herd of migrating Zebra in the Serengeti

3. While the migration may seem like a chaotic frenzy of movement, research has shown a herd of wildebeest possess what is known as ‘swarm intelligence’, where the wildebeest systematically explore and overcome an obstacle as one.

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Buffalo migration in Ngorongoro Crater

4. Because wildebeest have no natural leader, the migrating herd often splits up into smaller herds that circle the main, mega-herd, going in different directions. When considering these smaller, split herds the whole migration can cover over half of the whole Serengeti.

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Migrating Zebra in the Serengeti

5. During the migration around 250,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebra are killed off every year as a result of predation by carnivores – but also from thirst, hunger, and exhaustion.

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Lion feasting on a zebra carcass in the Serengeti

Article originally posted by Africa Geographic


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