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Post  whitestarling on Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:56 pm

Migration update- 2012

Posted: 18 Jul 2012 12:26 AM PDT
After a long wait, the wildebeests have now entered the Mara! This was confirmed yesterday after a fact finding mission round the entry points along the Mara and Serengeti border. Though this is still in its’ initial stages, every indication shows that the stage in the Mara is set for the world’s most fascinating wildlife spectacle, now termed as one of the new 7 wonders. The delay in arrival of the wildebeest was due to the amount of grass in their way. Since the beginning of the year, we have had continuous rains which resulted long grass on the plains across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem.
A herd of almost 10,000 wildebeest have crossed the border between Sand river gate and Naimalumbwa hills. They could be seen yesterday taking their traditional route towards Roan hill. Their movement however is slower because of the amount of grass in their way. Since May we have continued having intermittent rains which has made the plains covered in long green grass. This is expected to slow the migratio_nMovement north. Looking onto the Serengeti from the sand river, one can see isolated herds of zebra and wildebeest heading north though reluctantly. We anticipate this concentration to build as the herds push up north into the Mara.
Speaking to fellow guides in Serengeti national park, they informed me that the migrating herds have taken three wings one wing heading north from Grumeti area through Wogakuria. These herds should be crossing the Mara River inside Serengeti anytime into Masai Mara. The second wing is approaching Bologonja from the south and we have started to see a few of these animals crossing the Sand River into the Mara in the last couple of days. The third wing has come through Klein’s and most of these now crossing into the Mara round the eastern side of Kuka hills.
The Loita population of wildebeests and zebras has also moved into the Mara. They came in about four days ago. A herd of about 4,000 zebras and wildebeest can be seen around Musiara gate in the north and others just south east of the Talek gate and this consist mainly of Zebras. Their concentration however is still low but we expect a build up in the coming weeks. Most of these herds are moving into the reserve from the conservancies of Mara North, Olare-Orok etc, where they have been over the past few months.
The Mara predators in the areas where the herds are concentrated have suddenly woken up to the season of plenty again. The marsh pride lions have now established themselves along Bila Shaka stream where the wildebeest are coming for a drink. Since the entry of the migrating herds into the area, these lions have always had something to eat.We have also seen Hyaenas along in these areas killing the young wildebeest’s calves.


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Post  Laikipia on Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:19 pm

Thanks WS. The blogs should be coming thick and fast now with the wildies being back in the Mara.

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Post  Doogs on Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:44 pm

Whooop whooooop fantastic news, where have they been - they're late !!! Laughing

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Post  whitestarling on Fri Jul 27, 2012 10:16 pm

Latest migration update (Masai Mara)

Posted: 26 Jul 2012 01:09 PM PDT

After my last post on the migration in the Mara a few days ago, the movement of the herds has been going on progressively. The herds from the south have taken two headways, with one herd heading west of Roan Hill towards the Mara river and the other herd heading due North of Keekorok lodge. The west bound herds by toady are approaching Look out hill with all indication that we may witness the first crossing in the next two days.
The anticipated slow movement across the plains due to a lot of grass, has been overtaken by reality, since the herds are advancing as usual.
The Northern migration has not made much progress. The herds of mainly zebras are still between the conservancies and the reserve, with the lead herds around Topi plains and Musiara.
I will keep updating on the migration progress as things happen on the ground


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Post  Doogs on Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:16 pm

They are getting closer Very Happy Cool

Thanks for the update WS cheers
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Post  Laikipia on Tue Jul 31, 2012 8:57 am

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Post  Doogs on Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:01 pm

From FB - 2 August 2012 - Governors Camp Collection

MIGRATION UPDATE:

The spearhead herd of almost a thousand Zebra came in to the Musiara Marsh yesterday from the Olorukoti Plains in the East. They have arrived with a few dozen Topi and Eland as well.

The main herds of Wildebeest are currently crossing Northwards from the Burrungat Plains to Rhino Ridge over the Talek River. We expect them in the Marsh in the next 2 weeks. A significant splinter group are crossing Westward across the Mara River on to the Nolmaiman Plains.
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The feasting season for the predators of the Marsh and surrounds has arrived. The Ridge Pride have already killed at least 3 Wildebeest on the Talek slightly further South of their home range in the last 3 days.

Let the action begin!



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Post  whitestarling on Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:01 am

Thanks Doogs. Great update, love the photo
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Post  RMorr50912 on Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:05 am

Thanks for the update Doogs. Nice pic too!

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:01 am

Thanks Doogs and WS.

Great photo Doogs cheers

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Post  Doogs on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:20 pm

Thank you all (it was an old one - no migration photos this year !!! Laughing )

From FB: Governors Camp Collection - Migration Photos

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Post  Doogs on Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:50 pm

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Post  whitestarling on Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:09 pm

Thanks Doogs as you say Crying or Very sad zebra hopefully most of the got across
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Post  Laikipia on Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:46 am

affraid Whilst I love the migration I don't like the poor wildies and zebs that get taken No

Thanks for the link Doogs.

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Post  Doogs on Thu Aug 09, 2012 11:58 pm

I Agree Lai - if we're sitting watching a crossing we're always rooting for the wildies and zebra to cross safely
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:12 am

Group Hug Doogs - it's tough out there in wildie world.

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Post  Doogs on Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:07 pm

From FB : Great Migration Safari with Mike & Judy Rainy (Photos) ...

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Post  whitestarling on Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:21 pm

Thanks Doogs, some really great photos. I love pics of the migration, with all the animals packed together.
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Post  Safari Maiden on Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:15 am

Thanks for that. Will go have a nosey after I have caught up on my threads.

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Post  Laikipia on Sun Sep 16, 2012 3:03 pm

Thanks Doogs - some lovely photos.

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Re: Masai Mara Wildlife Updates

Post  whitestarling on Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:55 pm


Masai Mara Wildlife Updates Bahati has new cubs!

Posted: 14 Oct 2015 01:39 AM PDT
To all Masai Mara Big Cats fans, Bahati, the female leopard of the lower Talek river, she is also the daughter of Olive (who featured in the BBC's Big Cats program) born in late 2010, now has new cubs. The cubs were seen the last couple of days at a rocky outcrop in the middle of the river between Mara Intrepids and Rekero camps. She chose the location cleverly since it is inaccessible by vehicle and unless some lions strays into the area, we can say it is relatively safe for her and the little cubs. Interestingly this is the same location where Olive, her mother had the cubs Saba and Nane. There are bushes on each side of the river in this location, and that provides her enough cover to hide or hunt.

The cubs are believed to be about 4-6 weeks and we are yet to tell their sexes. we are viewing them from the bank which is bit far to positively get all the details.
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Post  Laikipia on Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:04 am

http://i73.servimg.c Such wonderful news, and let's hope they stay safe and protected and are left alone to thrive.

Thanks for the update WS.

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Post  Doogs on Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:59 pm

Here she is with one of the cubs, it's tiny !!!  I love you

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Post  Laikipia on Fri Oct 16, 2015 2:01 pm

Oh my word, how precious is that tiny little cub? Group Hug

Thanks for sharing Doogs.

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