Photographer's Note

The annual Great Migration of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores across the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the greatest spectacles in the natural world.

Over two million herbivores partake in this journey, with about 1.3 million wildebeests (“gnu”), 200,000 zebras and 500,000 Thomson's gazelles.

In search of adequate water and grazing, herds migrate from Serengeti in the south to Masai Mara in the north in mid-summer, and return in autumn.

In this picture you may see wildebeests waiting prior to their dangereous crossing of the Mara River, in Masai Mara. That fear is well-justified, considering that over 250.000 gnus die in this difficult journey, part of them during river-crossings where crocodiles and land predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard await their preys.

Cropped, increased sharpness, saturation, applied gradual toning & retouches.


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Additional Photos by Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 266 W: 105 N: 604] (3931)
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