300-Mile Roundtrip Journey made by around 2,000 Zebras in Africa

300-Mile Roundtrip Journey made by around 2,000 Zebras in Africa

A team of researchers in Africa using state-of-the-art tracking technology has discovered mass-migration of animals in Africa that is farther than any other found on the continent.

Around 2,000 zebras made the 300-mile roundtrip journey and traveled between Namibia and Botswana. Researchers got to know about the animals after some of them were collared with tracking devices.

With the help of the technology, researchers got to know about the continent's longest land mammal journeys. The migration takes place from Namibia to Botswana. The trek takes place within the boundaries of a region called as the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA).

"The findings of this study emphasize the importance of trans-frontier conservation areas in conservation of the greater landscape", affirmed Pierre Du Preez, Chief Conservation Scientist at Namibia's Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

With the help of the MET and Elephants Without Borders, Botswana-based conservation organization, Robin Naidoo, a senior conservation scientist fitted satellite collars on eight female zebras. Global Positioning System provided updates on the zebras' exact locations every 4 to 5 hours during the migration.

They started their journey at the beginning of the wet season and the animals followed a route across the Chobe River and they ended at the seasonally full waterholes of Nxai (neye) Pan National Park in Botswana.

The zebras were able to complete the first half of the trip in a two-to-three-week span in November and December. The new study findings are expected to help researchers understand and preserve the migratory routes of other species like monarch butterflies, wild salmon and whales.


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