Holidays to Tanzania at this time of year are extra special given the fact that in the Serengeti National Park (SENAPA), thousands of baby wildebeest are currently being delivered into the world during the country’s calving season.
It is expected that around 250,000 calves will be delivered during the season which lasts between February and March and these newborns will contribute to a grand figure of 1.5 million wildebeest that currently roam the 14,763 sq km park.
The calves are being born in the Serengeti’s southern grassland plain as the species tend to reside in areas of plentiful rainfall and sufficient grass, and the senior warden at SENAPA, Godson Kimaro explained that the season – that forges part of the great migration – is an event which helps make Tanzania an excellent and unique holiday destination for travellers.
“The wildebeest are delivering about 8,000 calves every day and we are expecting 250,000 calves in April when they will start moving from this area,” Kimaro said.
“After being born the wildebeest calves are capable to walk after three to seven minutes and the wildebeests walk around 1000 km throughout the year with the aim of getting proper food.”
Of course wildebeest aren’t the only species prevalent in the Serengeti and with around 3000 lions and 7500 hyenas also traceable in the park, these predators feed on wildebeest, thus reducing the figure of the species to 1.5 million, according to a census recorded in 2010.
Newborn wildebeest can expect to live for 20 years and the great migration also includes the travel of zebras, Thomson gazelle and Eland.