Thousands of wildebeest perish in Kenya

Old Oct 15th, 2007, 06:30 AM
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Thousands of wildebeest perish in Kenya

http://www.news24.com/News24/AnanziA...199587,00.html

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Old Oct 15th, 2007, 07:46 AM
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Any research study from past migrations as to approx death numbers of wildebeest crossing over?

Think they will recover, though....
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Old Oct 15th, 2007, 08:05 AM
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When i was there a few weeks ago, the river was filled with carcasses and it was one of the worst smells of death I'd ever experienced. We were going to have a picnic on the bank of river but had to move it was so bad.

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Any research study from past migrations as to approx death numbers of wildebeest crossing over?

I recall one year 30,000 or so died in crossings during heavy floods ... this was maybe 12-15 years ago IIRC, so this is nothing new.

Every year maybe 250,000 - 400,000 calves are born in the migrating herd that uses the south Serengeti. Every year another 250,000 - 400,000 die since the population seems stable at 1.3 - 1.7 million, limited by the amount of forage available, fluctuating largely due to weather.

That's life on the Serengeti ... no cause for alarm.

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Thanks, Bill....... i agree the herds will be back on track!
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