Gambela National Park's Korke, Ethio travel and tourism

Gambela National Park's Korke, Ethio travel and tourism
A person who moved to the west Ethiopian part, Gambela National Park can see many different wild animals. One of them is white ear korke, Korke is a type of antelope and it feeds on grass. An average Korke has about 92 cm height and 105 kg weight. Korke is one of animal species among which travel seasonally. This unique animal choses dry and grass land but it doesn’t get far from water.

The male Korke has spirally shaped horn while the females doesn’t have any horn at all. This Korke lives in group with definite boarders depending on the time the number of this animal in any group might get increase of decrease. The main factor which determines the largeness of the group is the food available in that place and the suitable condition of the area. In their seasonal travel from place to place the number of Korkes increases largely because many groups join together and their nu.ber decreases once again once they reach their destination.

In each group there are at least 15 – 20 male Korkes and the male Korkes define their borders and protect it. The protection of their territories could go up to herd fight. The male korkes have circular structure around their territory and the one that can control the center will be the leader of the group. Until 2007 G.C Korke was in a great danger but passing all the difficulties of its time this animal species is now evolving in the Southern Sudan Buma Park and western Ethiopia, Gambela National Park. And the seasonal travel between the two parks of Ethiopia and South Sudan Park helped it to pass many difficulties and survive. The seasonal travel is due to the wet summer in Ethiopia, since Korkes chose dry area they will move to the South Sudan’s Buma Park and gets back to Ethiopia when the summer passes.

There are around 300,000 Korkes in Gambela National Park and 800,000 in Buma National Park. But due to the seasonal movement of these animals their number varies greatly in different seasons of the year. Korkes are very active during the morning and sunset times and it choses these times of the day for feeding and drinking. The male Korke during this time wanders around the area and checks if the area is secure and it makes a sound to alarm others if it sees some danger in their territory.

Korkes also have a mating season and they will fight between the males during this time. The winner of the fight will get more respect around other male Korkes and it will be more chosen by the females. The reproductive periods of Korkes is usually the Gambela National Park and it is through January to March.
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