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The Great Serengeti - Wild Animal Documentary - National Geographic
Published: 2015/09/03
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WILDLIFE SERENGETI - part 2
WILDLIFE SERENGETI - part 2
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Serengeti "Dennehy"
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WILDLIFE SERENGETI PART 3
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LIVE: Kutoka Mbuga za Wanyama Serengeti Tanzania
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Full Wildlife Documentary - THE Great SERENGETI.
Full Wildlife Documentary - THE Great SERENGETI.
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Lions hunting a buffalo Serengeti NP, Tanzania
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Best Predators Wild Serengeti Animals National Geographic HD
Best Predators Wild Serengeti Animals National Geographic HD
Published: 2016/12/10
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Six Female Lions Killing A Buffalo In The Serengeti (not for sensitive viewers) [HD]
Six Female Lions Killing A Buffalo In The Serengeti (not for sensitive viewers) [HD]
Published: 2011/07/03
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TANZANIA (El Serengeti)
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Wild Serengeti Documentary on the Wildlife of Tanzanias Serengeti Full Documentary
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Tanzania: Serengeti Part 1
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Safari Serengeti, Tanzania HD
Safari Serengeti, Tanzania HD
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Serengeti, Tanzania in HD
Serengeti, Tanzania in HD
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Lions capturing an African buffalo - Serengeti National Park - Tanzania - 24/01/2015
Lions capturing an African buffalo - Serengeti National Park - Tanzania - 24/01/2015
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Leones Crueles Asesinos del Serengeti Documentales Completos National Geographic Español
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - Part 2
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania - Part 2
Published: 2011/07/16
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Leopards  the Best Hunters Ever! the SERENGETI national park`s Wildlife Documentary 2016
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On the hunt - Serengeti cheetahs
On the hunt - Serengeti cheetahs
Published: 2016/10/19
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Wings Over The Serengeti
Wings Over The Serengeti
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Os Leões do Serengeti: Luta pela Sobrevivência
Os Leões do Serengeti: Luta pela Sobrevivência
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Great wildebeest migration between Masai Mara and the Serengeti
Great wildebeest migration between Masai Mara and the Serengeti
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Serengeti - Animaux Sauvages Documentaire Français
Serengeti - Animaux Sauvages Documentaire Français
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Published: 2011/07/20
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Published: 2012/08/17
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Serengeti - "Perculators"
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Map of Tanzania showing national parks—and region of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania and south-western Kenya

The Serengeti (/ˌsɛrənˈɡɛti/) ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located mainly in northern Tanzania and extends into south-western Kenya between 1 and 3 degrees south (latitudes) and between 34 and 36 degrees east (longitudes). It spans approximately 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi). The Kenyan part of the Serengeti is known as Maasai Mara.

The Serengeti hosts the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world, which helps secure it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa,[1] and as one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world.[2] The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population and is one of the best places to observe prides in their natural environment.[3] The region contains the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania and several game reserves.

Approximately 70 large mammal and 500 bird species are found there. This high diversity is a function of diverse habitats, including riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands.[4] Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebras, and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region.

There has been controversy about a proposed road to be built through the Serengeti.[5]

Serengeti is derived from the Maasai language, Maa; specifically, "Serengit" meaning "Endless Plains".[6][7]

History[edit]

Much of the Serengeti was known to outsiders as Maasailand. The Maasai are known as fierce warriors and live alongside most wild animals with an aversion to eating game and birds, subsisting exclusively on their cattle. Historically, their strength and reputation kept the newly arrived Europeans from exploiting the animals and resources of most of their land. A rinderpest epidemic and drought during the 1890s greatly reduced the numbers of both Maasai and animal populations. The Tanzanian government later in the 20th century re-settled the Maasai around the Ngorongoro Crater. Poaching and the absence of fires, which had been the result of human activity, set the stage for the development of dense woodlands and thickets over the next 30–50 years. Tsetse fly populations now prevented any significant human settlement in the area.

By the mid-1970s, wildebeest and the Cape buffalo populations had recovered and were increasingly cropping the grass, reducing the amount of fuel available for fires.[8] The reduced intensity of fires has allowed acacia to once again become established.[9]

In the 21st century, mass rabies vaccination programmes for domestic dogs in the Serengeti have not only indirectly prevented hundreds of human deaths, but also protected wildlife species such as the endangered African wild dog.[10]

Great migration[edit]

Migrating wildebeests
Wildebeests crossing the river during the Serengeti migration

Each year around the same time, the circular great wildebeest migration begins in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area of the southern Serengeti in Tanzania and loops in a clockwise direction through the Serengeti National Park and north towards the Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.[11] This migration is a natural phenomenon determined by the availability of grazing. The initial phase lasts from approximately January to March, when the calving season begins – a time when there is plenty of rain-ripened grass available for the 260,000 zebra that precede 1.7 million wildebeest and the following hundreds of thousands of other plains game, including around 470,000 gazelles.[12][13][14]

During February, the wildebeest spend their time on the short grass plains of the southeastern part of the ecosystem, grazing and giving birth to approximately 500,000 calves within a 2 to 3-week period. Few calves are born ahead of time and of these, hardly any survive. The main reason is that very young calves are more noticeable to predators when mixed with older calves from the previous year. As the rains end in May, the animals start moving northwest into the areas around the Grumeti River, where they typically remain until late June. The crossings of the Grumeti and Mara rivers beginning in July are a popular safari attraction because crocodiles are lying in wait.[12] The herds arrive in Kenya in late July / August, where they stay for the remainder of the dry season, except that the Thomson's and Grant's gazelles move only east/west. In early November, with the start of the short rains the migration starts moving south again, to the short grass plains of the southeast, usually arriving in December in plenty of time for calving in February.[15]

About 250,000 wildebeest die during the journey from Tanzania to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwestern Kenya, a total of 800 kilometres (500 mi). Death is usually from thirst, hunger, exhaustion, or predation.[2]

Ecology[edit]

Lioness on a kopje, or rock outcropping
Masai giraffe in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
River and the Serengeti plains

The Serengeti has some of East Africa's finest game areas.[16] Besides being known for the great migration, the Serengeti is also famous for its abundant large predators. The ecosystem is home to over 3,000 lions (Panthera leo), 1,000 leopards (Panthera pardus),[17] and 7,700 to 8,700 spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta).[18]

It is interesting to note that wild dogs are relatively scarce in much of the Serengeti. This is particularly true in places such as Serengeti National Park (where wild dogs became extinct in 1992), in which lions and spotted hyenas, predators that steal wild dog kills and are a direct cause of wild dog mortality, are abundant.[19]

The Serengeti is also home to a diversity of grazers, including African buffalo, warthogs, Grant's gazelle, eland, waterbuck, and topi. The Serengeti can support this remarkable variety of grazers only because each species, even those that are closely related, has a different diet. For example, wildebeests prefer to consume shorter grasses, while zebras prefer taller ones. Similarly, dik-diks eat the lowest leaves of a tree, impalas eat the leaves that are higher up, and giraffes eat leaves that are even higher.

The governments of Tanzania and Kenya maintain a number of protected areas, including national parks, conservation areas, and game reserves, that give legal protection to over 80 percent of the Serengeti.[4]

The southeastern area lies in the rain shadow of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area's highlands and is composed of shortgrass treeless plains with abundant small dicots. Soils are high in nutrients, overlying a shallow calcareous hardpan due to natrocarbonatite eruptions from Ol Doinyo Lengai.[20] A gradient of soil depth northwestward across the plains results in changes in the herbaceous community and taller grass. About 70 kilometres (43 mi) west, acacia woodlands appear suddenly and stretch west to Lake Victoria and north to the Loita Plains, north of the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The sixteen acacia species vary over this range, their distribution determined by edaphic conditions and soil depth. Near Lake Victoria, flood plains have developed from ancient lakebeds.

In the far northwest, acacia woodlands are replaced by broadleaved Terminalia-Combretum woodlands, caused by a change in geology. This area has the highest rainfall in the system and forms a refuge for the migrating ungulates at the end of the dry season.[21][22]

Altitudes in the Serengeti range from 920 to 1,850 metres (3,020 to 6,070 ft) with mean temperatures varying from 15 to 25 °C (59 to 77 °F). Although the climate is usually warm and dry, rainfall occurs in two rainy seasons: March to May, and a shorter season in October and November. Rainfall amounts vary from a low of 508 millimetres (20 in) in the lee of the Ngorongoro highlands to a high of 1,200 millimetres (47 in) on the shores of Lake Victoria.[23] The highlands, which are considerably cooler than the plains and are covered by montane forest, mark the eastern border of the basin in which the Serengeti lies.

The Serengeti plain is punctuated by granite and gneiss outcroppings known as kopjes. These outcroppings are the result of volcanic activity. Kopjes provide a microhabitat for non-plains wildlife. One kopje likely to be seen by visitors to the Serengeti is the Simba Kopje (Lion Kopje). The Serengeti was used as inspiration for the animated Disney feature film The Lion King and subsequent theatrical production.

The area is also home to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which contains Ngorongoro Crater and the Olduvai Gorge, where some of the oldest hominin fossils have been found.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seven Natural Wonders of Africa". Seven Natural Wonders. 
  2. ^ a b Partridge, Frank (20 May 2006). "The fast show". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2007-03-14. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Nolting, Mark (2012). Africa's Top Wildlife Countries. Global Travel Publishers Inc. p. 356. ISBN 978-0939895151. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.ath.aegean.gr/srcosmos/showpub.aspx?aa=8868. Retrieved 9 February 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  5. ^ "Highway Development Threatens Serengeti". Serengeti Watch. 
  6. ^ Briggs, Phillip (2006), Northern Tanzania: The Bradt Safari Guide with Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar, Bradt Travel Guides, p. 198, ISBN 978-1-84162-146-3 
  7. ^ "Maa (Maasai) Dictionary". Darkwing.uoregon.edu. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  8. ^ Morell, Virginia (1997), "Return of the Forest", Science, 278 (5346): 2059, doi:10.1126/science.278.5346.2059 
  9. ^ Sinclair, Anthony Ronald Entrican; Arcese, Peter, eds. (1995). Serengeti II: Dynamics, Management, and Conservation of an Ecosystem. University of Chicago Press. pp. 73–76. ISBN 978-0-226-76032-2. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  10. ^ "Trevor Blackburn Award 2008" (PDF). British Veterinary Association. September 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 January 2009. Retrieved 2014-06-10. 
  11. ^ "The Great Wildebeest Migration: Exploring Africa's biggest wildlife phenomenon". 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Anouk Zijlma. "The Great Annual Wildlife Migration – The Great Migration of Wildebeest and Zebra". About.com. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "How to Get There, Ngorongoro Crater". Ngorongoro Crater Tanzania. 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ngorongoro Conservation Area". United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – World Heritage Centre. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Croze, Harvey; Mari, Carlo; Estes, Richard D. (2000). Serengeti's Great Migration. Abbeville Press. ISBN 978-0-789-20669-5. 
  16. ^ Pavitt, Nigel (2001), Africa's Great Rift Valley, Harry N. Abrams, p. 122, ISBN 978-0-8109-0602-0 
  17. ^ "Cheetahs on the Edge - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine". ngm.nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  18. ^ "Mpala Live! Field Guide: Spotted Hyena | MpalaLive". mpalalive.org. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  19. ^ Angier, Natalie (2014-08-11). "African Wild Dogs, True Best Friends". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  20. ^ "The Strangest Volcanoes In The World – A Non-Official List". 28 March 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  21. ^ Sinclair, A. R. E.; Mduma, Simon A. R.; Fryxell, John M. (2008), Serengeti III: Human Impacts on Ecosystem Dynamics, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p. 11, ISBN 978-0-226-76033-9 
  22. ^ Sinclair, A. R. E.; Mduma, S. A.; Hopcraft, J. G.; Fryxell, J. M.; Hilborn, R.; Thirgood, S. (2007), "Long-Term Ecosystem Dynamics in the Serengeti: Lessons for Conservation" (PDF), Conservation Biology, 21 (3): 580–590, doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2007.00699.x 
  23. ^ "The Serengeti National Park". Glcom.com. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 

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