Tanzania, Africa – Thanks to live streaming through Youtube and Periscope, everybody around the world will be able to observe the great migration of animals from the Serengeti, in Africa.
The event will start September 29 and will finish October 5, and it could be seen twice a day.
The streaming will come with live expert commentary and questions will be answered live. Viewers are going to have to be registered on the website Herdtracker to watch the event. It is the first time that a natural event like this in Africa will be streamed, and it’s part of Kenya’s tourism strategies.
“Serengeti-Mara ecosystems [are] considered to be perhaps the last of the ecosystems in which human impact is less than 5 percent,” said professor Karim Hirji, former director of the Serengeti Wildlife Research Center, to ABC News.
Covering about 10,000 square miles of land teeming with life, the Serengeti is home to some of the most diverse wildlife on this planet, and it is one of the largest migrations of terrestrial mammals in the world, included in the list of the Seven Natural Wonders in Africa, according to ABC News.
About a million wildebeest, half a million gazelles and 200,000 zebras travel from Serengeti, in Tanzania, to the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya. These herbivores will be travelling to survive, looking for fresh grass.
They will have to risk their lives while crossing the Mara River, where they could get attacked by crocodiles. But that’s not the only danger because predators like lions, cheetahs, hyenas, and leopards are waiting for the wildebeest at Masai Mara.
According to experts, wildebeests are key to the survival of the ecosystem. “Without the migration, it’s harder to conceive Serengeti-Mara being what it is today,” Hirji said to ABC News. “Everything else survives within that migration – the predators and so on the vegetation.”
The Seven Natural Wonder Organization announced the seven wonders of Africa in 2013, which include the Mount Kilimanjaro, the Nile River, the Sahara Desert, the Okavango Delta, the Red Sea Reef, the Ngorongoro Crater and the already mentioned Serengeti migration.
One of the people watching the live stream will be Neil deGrasse Tyson, a panelist, and astrophysicist, according to ABC News. “It would be astonishing and wondrous to watch the migrations go by,” he commented.
Source: ABC News