Harlow Seminar – July 6th, 2023, Grant Hopcraft


Harlow Seminar – July 6th, 2023, Grant Hopcraft

The Serengeti wildebeest migration: ecology and conservation in a changing world

Speaker: Dr. Grant Hopcraft, University of Glasgow
Time: Thursday, July 6th, 5:30pm MT, talk begins at 6:30pm MT
Location: UW-NPS Research Station at the AMK Ranch, in the Berol Lodge

The talk will also be available via Zoom (The zoom link will be made available through our email list. If you are not on the list, please click here to join: https://uwnps.org/mailing-list/)


The Serengeti is an iconic ecosystem that is best known for the epic migration of over 1.2 million wildebeest plus 250,000 zebra and 200,000 gazelle – however it is unique. Large migrations of animals were once common in many parts of the world, but they have been collapsing globally. What makes the Serengeti so special? Why do we not see Serengeti type ecosystems everywhere? In this public lecture we will explore the underlying natural history that leads to the astounding diversity and abundance of animals in this ecosystem. We will reflect on years of ecological research and management decisions that have provided insights about how ecosystems work and what lessons the Serengeti has taught us.


Dr. Hopcraft’s research concentrates on conservation ecology and management, particularly of African ecosystems. He leads the Serengeti Biodiversity Program, which includes work with wildebeests, zebras, and elands, and as well as serving as an advisor to many important conservation organizations including Tanzania National Parks, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, and the Frankfurt Zoological Society.