People who are passionate about wildlife can now stream Africa’s biggest wildebeest migration live on YouTube.
This is the first time the natural wonder gets streamed. People all across the world will be able to watch Africa’s wildebeest migration at home, in real time, because the event will be broadcasted by YouTube Live service.
Africa’s great wildebeest migration is an annual natural event in which millions of animals are traveling across the African continent in order to find fresh grazing areas. This year, wildlife experts estimate that about half a million gazelle and 200,000 zebras will travel from Tanzania to Kenya about 1,000 miles.
People who are passionate about wildlife will be able to stream the event up until October 5. All they have to do is download the mobile app Periscope (found either on Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store) and YouTube’s Live Streaming platform. Only 20 minutes a day will be broadcasted, and in order to find out when they will stream you have to register on HerdTracker, which will give you notifications a few hours before the moment when the videos are about to broadcast.
Not only that wildlife fans will be able to watch the African great wildebeest migration in high definition quality, but the videos will also be accompanied with commentaries from experts as the animals head north across the African continent. The wildebeest have to cross the Mara River, which is usually filled with crocodiles. Wildlife fans are hoping that the crossing will be streamed – it is likely that it will.
Even more, once the herbivores will pass the Mara River, they will have to cross the Maasai Mara, which is an area with one of the largest populations of lions in the world. Crocodiles and lions are just a small part of the predators that will be waiting their chance to attack weaker animals from the great wildebeest migration. Cheetahs, leopard and hyenas will most likely try their luck and hunt the gazelle, impalas, and zebras that will cross on their path.
Once the massive herd will consume most of the grass from the north, at the end of October, they will migrate back to south to Tanzania and wait for the next year event. The event is sponsored by Kenya officials, who are looking to increase the tourism numbers in their country.
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