30 August 2004

Mara: Saturday 28th August 2004

The rains continued in the Mara this week, though it was drier earlier, the rains that came a couple of days ago brought some relief to the wildebeest and zebra. Whereas a higher concentration is still found on the recently burnt areas, most herds are now moving into the long grass section mainly to the east of the Mara River and to the north of the Mara triangle. This is because the grass in these areas in now soft after the rains. The majority of the animals here however are the zebra b…

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24 August 2004

Mara: Monday 23rd August 2004

August 23, 2004 The migration patterns in the Mara continue to change by day. After the one and a half week long rain, most herds headed to the recently burnt grounds because of the new lush grass that shot up after the rain. You understand why it is so when you look at these plains now with a striking green. Most herds are now concentrated on the western part of the Mara triangle along the foot of the Oloololo escarpment. A visit to the area two days ago showed that the herds have retrea…

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16 August 2004

Mara:Monday 16th August 2004

WILDEBEEST MIGRATION 2004 August 16, 2004 The wildebeest and zebra herds continue to move randomly throughout the reserve in the past week. However, the rain that swept through the park for the last four days has now changed the movement pattern. Most animals are now headed to recently burnt grasslands in anticipation of lush grazing on the fast growing red oat grass (Themeda triandra). If the rain that came last week is anything to last another week, then these plains will be the center of …

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07 August 2004

Mara:Saturday 7th August 2004

MIGRATION 2004 UPDATE: 06.08.04 The migration patterns contined to change in the past week to what now looks like the beginning. In our update last week, we reported the herds taking three directions, northerly, easterly and westerly. As we anticipated, the herds that headed towards Sekenani gate to the east, are now heading west again. They found the plains around there already grazed upon by the Masai cattle, and the place dry with not much water. The herds that headed north are still ar…

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