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Migration Facts

Migration Facts and Figures

The Serengeti ecosystem covers 10,000 square miles.

The roughly triangular route the migrants follow is about 300 miles from start to finish, as the crow flies. The trip can be considerably longer depending on which way the wildebeest wander.

Any given year, depending on the rain and other conditions, the Serengeti migratory wildebeest number between 1.2 to 1.5 million animals.

Wildebeest are also known as Gnus (pronounced "news").

The wildebeest are joined on their journey by up to 200,000 Burchelli's zebras.

A wildebeest consumes 3200 pounds of food in a year and a zebra consumes 4800 pounds.

A lion eats 7200 pounds of its neighbors each year, a leopard eats 3200 pounds, a cheetah eats 4015, and the cold-blooded crocodile eats just 1600 pounds of food each year.

An elephant consumes 69,000 pounds of food each year.

An American consumes 1950 pounds a food per year.

As many as 500,000 wildebeest are born each February.

Three percent of the wildebeest that begin the journey each year do not survive to finish it.

A lucky wildebeest can live as long as 20 years.