Nkorho cam is down. We are working on a solution.

wildebeest migrations

3 posts / 0 new
Last post
Anonymous
Anonymous's picture
wildebeest migrations

I was just reading about the large migratory herd of wildebeests and was wondering if this reserve is part of area of migration.

Anonymous
Anonymous's picture

"ex-centric" wrote:
I was just reading about the large migratory herd of wildebeests and was wondering if this reserve is part of area of migration.

In addition to Katja's reply - the reason that many of the wildlife areas in Southern Africa are fenced-off (due to the farming/eco-tourism and other commercial interests) is, historically, to protect the interests of the local communities, whether they be indigenous Africans or 'white' farmers.

This has resulted in migratory animals being unable to follow their natural migration routes, which in turn has resulted in many animals becoming seriously endangered or an over-population - for example the elephants in the Kruger region - due to poaching for profit or substinance.

Game Farms (whether they are eco-tourist or hunting farms, including the National Parks of South Africa and other countries) have since learned the lessons of the past and South Africa has negotiated, reasonably successfully, with their bordering countries to create a 'corridor' where animals can resume their natural migration routes.

They have also learned that the interests of the local communities must be considered as a priority - the poverty in the local communities defies belief at times and poaching is rife all over Africa as a result.

The hope is that the elephants, and other mammals, will not be targetted (and shot) by farmers as 'pests' but will become more tolerated as they move through the corridor - and that further tourism opportunities will reduce the instances of substinance poaching.

There is still a long way to go in educating the farmers and the local communities but if enough of us are pro-active about this issue we will have a great result?

katja's picture
Offline
modsquad
Joined: Feb 17 2006

"ex-centric" wrote:
I was just reading about the large migratory herd of wildebeests and was wondering if this reserve is part of area of migration.

Sorry about the late reply. :oops:

I suppose the migration you read about is the Great Migration of wildebeests between Kenya's Masai Mara and Tanzania's Serengeti National Park. That is in East Africa, so it's nowhere near Nkorho.

There also is a wildebeest migration in Southern Africa - but also not near Nkorho. It takes place between Angola and Liuwa National Park in Zambia. This is the 2nd biggest wildebeest migration but much smaller than the one in Kenya/Tanzania.

Here is a link to an interesting article about it: Big Wildebeest Migration Good Sign for Post-War Angola

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.