The great Serengeti wildebeest migration is the movement of vast numbers of wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra and smaller numbers of gazelle, eland and impala. These move in an annual pattern which is fairly predictable. Over two million wildebeest, zebras and gazelles move through the Serengeti and Masai Mara ecosystems in search of green pasture, in a regular pattern. This is surely one of the greatest wonders of the natural world.
A group of visitors to Kenya had an unforgettable experience in a hot air balloon when they passed directly over a giant herd of stampeding wildebeests. The incredible footage, which was captured over the Maasai Mara back in August, shows the hot air balloon floating above the enormous herd. When the pilot fires up the burner, the antelopes take fright and begin to stampede beneath the delighted tourists. And as the balloon descends closer to the ground, the creatures change direction and zig-zag.
Wildebeests, also called gnus, belong to the family Bovidae, which includes antelopes, cattle, goats, sheep, and other even-toed horned ungulates. A wildebeest can grow to eight feet in length and weigh up to 600lbs and typically inhabit the Serengeti plains of southeastern Africa.
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