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  1. Serengeti • Named derived from the Maasai language meaning “endless plains” • Located in northwestern Tanzania • Spans across 30,000 km • Hosts the largest and longest overland migration in the world of wildebeest and zebras, a semi-annual occurrence -Migration is one of the seven tourist travel wonders of the world -Nearly 2 million herbivores travel from the northern hills toward the southern plains, crossing the Mara River • Sometimes called the Circular Migration • Over 250,000 wildebeest will die along the journey from Tanzania to Masai Mara Reserve, a total of 500 miles • Region has large diverse habitats ranging from riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands, and woodlands.

  2. Serengeti • Serengeti National Park was established in 1951 • Was Tanzania’s first national park and remains the flagship of the country’s tourism industry • Well known for its healthy stock of resident wildlife, mainly the “Big Five” • -Named for the five most prized trophies taken by hunters • Lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo