5 Incredible animal migrations around the world

Jun 06, 2017
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Whether it’s butterflies, birds, whales or wildebeest, there are several animals that have impressive migrations that you can witness around the world. Have you seen any of these?

1. Monarch Butterfly

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The Monarch Butterfly sets off on an epic 6,000km journey from the United States down to Mexico during the cool winter months. If they didn’t make the journey, they wouldn’t survive through the winter. Instead they fly thousands of kilometres south and at times even swim across the Pacific Ocean. You can witness the migration of more than 60 million butterflies yourself in Mexico, usually around the same time as the Day of the Dead celebrations.

2. Red Crabs

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The Christmas Island red crab make their annual migration from the land to the sea to lay their eggs in the water each year. These crabs are usually found in the forests of Christmas Island but by around October and November, they come out of their burrows and travel towards the beach to mate and lay their eggs.

The migration of fruit bats in Zambia is so large that you’d be forgiven for think that you’d become swept up in some sort of snow storm. But it’s not snow that you see filling the sky, it’s bats in their tens of millions that take to the skies during their migration from Congo to Zambia’s Kasanka National Park.

Named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, the Wildebeest Migration is one safari experience you simply cannot go past. More than two million wildebeest migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania towards areas with more food and greenery in Kenya between July and October.

Humpback Whales travel thousands of miles each year to feed and breed. During the summer months they spend their time in Antarctica, while in the autumn they begin migrating again for the winter breeding in warmer waters of the tropics. Humpback whales have one of the longest migration of any mammal on earth.

Have you witnessed any of these incredible animal migrations? Let us know all about it in the comments section below.

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