SHAME on Tanzanians! They are blocking wildebeests coming to Kenya
County News 03:38
livings around the Serengeti Game Reserve have set the area on fire to block
the wildebeest migration.
many concerns to the Kenyan government. The fires which have so far lasted two
weeks have delayed hundreds of wildebeests from Serengeti plains gathered on
the Mara River from crossing into Kenya. Hundreds of acres of reserves in the
northern Tanzania along the migratory route are still on fire and this has been
pushing back the animals.
Reference is made to Daily Nation of 23rd July, 2012 that is published in Kenya under the headline “Arson halts wildebeest migration”. It was published that migration to Kenya is being blocked following fire that was set by local communities that reside in the northern part of Serengeti Game Reserve (it is a National Park and not a game reserve). However, the Management for Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) is hereby refuting the published allegations for the following facts:
Annual calendar of migration
Usually wildebeest and zebra do cover 1000 km in their course of migration throughout the year. These migratory animals do spend very little time in Masai Mara which is almost two months of a year and the rest ten months the wildebeest do spend their time in Serengeti as it can be observed on the below scientifically proven migration calendar. These animals are too many (1.5 millions) and therefore cannot stay in one area, they must move in search of new pasture and exchanging males to avoid inbreeding. As per the annual migration calendar, it suffices to state that is not yet time of main migration to be in Masai Mara, the right time is September and October. Currently the Main migration is still on movement from Western towards Northern part of Serengeti.