World’s largest wild animal migration involving over 2 million wildebeest and zebra across the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and Masai Mara National reserve will soon be a thing of the past if plans to build a major traffic highway cutting across the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania are carried out.
Millions of animals, including antelope, zebra and gazelle, join the wildebeest and the zebra in the race for survival in this spectacular trek across the Savannah in search of green pastures. By using their instincts to follow the scent of fresh and succulent grass as well as the rain patterns across the rolling Savannah.
It a 2,000 kilometer journey from Tanzania’s vast Serengeti plains across the vast expanse that is the Masai plains all the way to southern Kenya, crossing the treacherous crocodile infested Mara River and as the make peace treaties with predators like lions, leopards, and cheetahs praying them – well if they sign it anyway.
This spectacle has since come to be regarded as the seventh “New Wonder” of the world. The annual wildebeest migration usually happens at about the same time every year and is said to be one of the last great ungulate migrations left on the planet.
It is a shame that this dramatic once in a lifetime event should ever come to an abrupt end due to man’s unkind economic activities.
These plans by Tanzanians to build a 260-mile highway between Arusha, near Mount Kilimanjaro and Musoma, on Lake Victoria could cut-off the animals’ migration corridor, causing environmental activists in the region to call for a review of the plans. Some have called the 2010 spectacle, the “last migration”.
Construction of the road, which starts in 2012, will cut through the northern Serengeti. Tanzanian authorities argue that it is needed to connect the country’s west to the eastern Indian ocean coast.