Migration update from the Mara
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The latest migration movements and insights in the Masai Mara,
as told by Abdul - head guide at Sanctuary Olonana.
"The main reason why we have the migration in the Mara is the
grass. This is a topic that many guides tend to shy away from,
simply because they don't know a lot about the ecology of the grass
and its importance. The wildebeest migrate in search of growth of
new grass. The grasses here play a very important role in our
environment - without which our guiding areas would simply become a
large uninhabitable desert.
The river crossing - regarded as one of the greatest spectacles
during the migration. Commonly it is assumed that they cross
blindly, but some recent findings show that they possess what has
come to be known as a 'swarming mentality' where they
systematically and mathematically explore and beat an obstacle as a
unit. It is only the weaker ones who are unable to cope with the
strong currents that are left behind."