Zebra Migration Record

May 28, 2014 by  

Zebra Migration Record, Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be an explorer? To discover a natural wonder? Being a conservation biologist, I always hope I might experience that in some small way. But in our rapidly developing world, where wilderness continues to shrink, it can feel like there is nothing big left to discover.

And yet, my colleague Robin Naidoo and his collaborators in Namibia at WWF and the nation’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, and in Botswana at Elephants Without Borders, have done just that.

They have discovered the longest known land-mammal migration in Africa — a 300+ mile seasonal trek by Burchell’s zebra (newly-published in this study). Adding to the surprise, this journey is not happening in the Serengeti that is so famous for massive wildlife migrations: It is happening in southern Africa, where up to several thousand zebra migrate back and forth between the Chobe River floodplains in Namibia and Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana.

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