Nearly 2,000 zebras made the record-setting sojourn between Nambia and Botswana in a sparsely populated area of southern Africa, a feat discovered thanks to GPS tracking collars worn by eight of the zebras.
This migration is a rare highlight for wildlife disappearing at an alarming rate. A recent study published showed animals are going extinct 1,000 times faster with human interference. “It goes to show us that nature still has some surprises,” says World Wildlife Fund senior conservation scientist, Robin Naidoo, who led the migration study.
The zebras covered 300 miles round trip, spending about 10 weeks in Botswana before heading back to the Nambia-Botswana border. Conservation journal Oryx published findings from the study in May 2014.