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Wildebeest Migrate Early Due to Serengeti Drought December 6, 2013
Wildebeest migration
The peak of the wildebeest migration typically occurs in July when countless thousands of the animals cross from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to Kenya’s Maasai Mara reserve.
The famed wildebeest of East Africa have returned to Kenya’s Maasai Mara Game Reserve months early in an off-season migration wildlife experts say they have never seen before.

The migratory animals typically spend the next several months grazing in Tanzania’s Serengeti plains, but a protracted drought has left the grazing lands there barren.

“They exhausted everything in Serengeti plains and returned to the Mara where there are enough pastures that regenerated after tourism peak seasons that started in July,” Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem Coordinator Nicholas Murero told Kenya’s The Star daily.

He added that tourists who missed the usual wildebeest migration between July and October have another chance to view it through the upcoming holiday season.

The wildebeest crossing of the crocodile-infested Mara River has been touted as one of the new seven wonders of the natural world.

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