Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Welcome back wildebeest!

The migration normally arrives sometime in July but this year it looks like it is already rolling in. A few weeks ago we started to see large herds of zebra and just in the last few days the wildebeest have joined!

The scene last night in our Serena South territory
The migration is early this year due to the drought we are experiencing. With the long rains not coming in April they are here looking for grass (the Serengeti plains have already been depleted). The hyenas will love the extra prey around but the drought means hard times for the local people and their cows. The maize crop this year was also horrible and many Maasai are worried about their ugali!

Happy hyenas: Boomerang bringing a wildebeest skull to the den yesterday morning. 

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