Zebras Go to Great Lengths to Migrate

Photo of Burchell's zebra
Burchell’s zebra. Photo by Ray Morris.

Africa’s most famous migration is the annual movement of 1.2 million wildebeest and 750,000 zebras from the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania to the Masai Mara in Kenya.

But it’s longest big-animal migration, end to end, is the annual movement of thousands of Burchell’s zebras from Namibia to Botswana. Scientists recently discovered that the herd goes on a 300-mile journey in an almost straight north-to-south line each year.

Zebras migrate for water and food, so maintaining their migration routes is key to conserving the species.

Interested in watching a migration? I offer safaris in Namibia, as well as tours to Tanzania and Kenya for the Great Migration. If you have any questions, please email me!

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