Life, death in Mara

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Wildebeest cross the sand river from Serengeti National reserve in Tanzania to Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya on July 22, 2020. 

Photo credit: George Sayagie | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Driven by an insatiable appetite for greener pastures, hundreds of lanky, bearded herbivores hurl themselves off the steep bank opposite us into the river.
  •  On the muddy riverbank, brown bulges occasionally twitch and writhe.

Like a trail of ants, the wildebeest trot single file along the top of a ridge by the Mara River. Their shiny coats and the dust cloud rising from the valley below are clues that we may have found what we are searching for. We trace the line to its source at the riverbank, where the stragglers of this gigantic herd are still scrambling to get across the turbid water.

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