The Serengeti is well known for its abundant resident wildlife,
particularly the "Big Five" with lion, leopard, black rhino,
elephant and buffalo all present. They share the park with cheetah,
Thomson's and Grant's gazelle, topi, eland, waterbuck, hyena,
baboon, impala, African wild dog and giraffe to name a few. The
park also boasts about 500 bird species, including ostrich,
secretary bird, Kori bustard, crowned crane, marabou stork, martial
eagle, lovebirds and many species of vultures making it a perfect
destination for bird lovers. Every year between February and April
some two million wildebeest and zebra make their way across
the plains in pursuit of the rains, closely followed by predators.
The wildebeest congregate in the unspoilt and remote southern
Serengeti during calving season when they drop their young. Only
through migration can the wildebeest and zebra use the widespread
resources of the ecosystem and build up such large numbers.