Reporting Date: 15th July 2012
The advance team of the wildebeests and zebras have now reached the sand river zone on the border between the Mara and Serengeti after having left the lobo and Bolongoja regions last week. Today, only a small group of about five hundred zebras crossed the sand river into the mara leaving behind a large group of wildebeests and more zebras at the foot of the Nyamalumbwa hills which is the main chain of hills closer to the sand river. Many others are spread out in the acacia woodlands at the foot of these hills.
The second group of these animals has left the fort Ikoma region in the west and is almost reaching the Shonzo plains which isthe middle ground between the eastern and western serengeti.
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Reporting Date: July 8th 2012
This week has seen the advance group of the wildebeests and zebras moving past the Lobo area where they had stayed put for almost two weeks before moving into the Bolongoja area which is much closer to the sand river. The sand river is on the border between the Masai mara and the Serengeti. This group is not the main one and numbers about 100,000 individuals comprising mainly of Zebras as the trail-blazers. It seems that in the next twenty four hours, they would be crossing into the Masai mara . Meanwhile, the main group is still spread out on the western corridor near Fort Ikoma and may take some two weeks to reach the northern parts of the Serengeti as they are moving slowly.
Reporting Date: 7th July 2012
Intruder chased off.
It was in the morning hours when we saw a hippo being chased away by another. It was a territorial male chasing away an intruder from his area of residence. At first from a distance as we approached, we saw both the intruder and the territory owner showing their formidable teeth at each other but they did not fight as the intruder gave up when the dominant male roared aggressively at him. Normally male hippos defend particular areas of water in the rivers from other males and fierce fights would erupt if the intruder does not become submissive.
Reporting Date: 30th June 2012
Hyena by the water-hole.
The place to see hyenas in large numbers is usually the Lamai plains on the extreme north of the Serengeti. Here there exist some water-holes that last for a long time after the rains and the hyenas like cooling themselves in these places during the hot days. Our ranger Godson found one young hyena by one of the water-holes. When the grass is a bit long, these hyenas take advantage of the situation to lie in wait for the numerous Topis that also share the habitats.
Reporting Date: 24th June 2012
Migration updates 24th June 23, 2012
Last week, a large group of wildebeests were on their way towards the Togoro plains near Lobo after having separated from the main group which is currently spread out in the area near Fort Ikoma on the western edge of the park. These group has now reached the Lobo area, a place of scattered acacia trees and rocky outcrops on the eastern edge of the park. It is the group that has come closer to the northern boundary of the Serengeti and mara (but still at a distance of about 30 kilometers to the border) and are estimated to be about 400, 000 individuals.We hope that in the next one week if nothing changes, they will be reaching the sand river area on the border.
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