Return of the Rains
The season of the short rains (known in Swahili as "vuli") has arrived in the Tarangire Ecosystem. This season is so-named because the rainy spells typically last for a short duration.
As of last weekend, the migratory ungulates like eastern white-bearded wildebeests and Burchell's zebras were still in Tarangire National Park where they had spent the dry season. However, once the rains begin in earnest, most of these animals will depart the park and head east to the Simanjiro Plains or north to the Gelai Plains. They seek the nutritious short grasses that grow on the volcanic soils of these plains - and are also probably eager to escape the constant threat of predation at the limited water holes during the dry season.
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