Memorial to Michael and Bernhard Grzimek, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

In 1957 Bernhard Grizmek, director of the Frankfurt Zoo, traveled to East Africa with his son Michael to conduct aerial surveys of the Serengeti, particularly of the wildebeest migration, in order to determine boundaries for the newly-established national park. Michael was killed in 1959 when the Grzimek’s zebra-striped Dornier aircraft crashed after colliding with a griffon vulture. The elder Grzimek died in 1987 and was buried per his request at his son’s resting place on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Learn more about the Grzimek’s pioneering conservation efforts at the Serengeti National Park’s official site: