The Serengeti National Park is one of the most popular and beautiful parks of East Africa with a rich and plentiful wildlife population. Protected in 1929, it covers over 14,700 sq. km of mostly grassland. Zebra and wildebeest dominate the landscape and are the center of life in the area. There are also abundant predators, gazelles and birds. During February, the wildebeest and zebra begin a massive migration north, following the rains to fresh grasslands. In October the herds return south, again crossing the Serengeti. The Serengeti animals join the herds moving from Kenya's Maasai Mara and amass as many as 1.5 million animals. This is one of the most amazing scenes in all of Africa.