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+ Comments Round em Up - 2005-09-17 09:00:00
The Masai Mara, a 1500 square kilometer wildlife reserve in Kenya, is considered one of the most impressive locations in the world. From the air, it is not very difficult to see why. Every year between July and October, the great wildebeest migration of over 1.4 million wildebeest occurs and is nothing short of spectacular. Beginning in July, they travel northwards to the Masai Mara over 600 miles (960 km) from Tanzania's Serengeti plains. Once the Mara's grass has been devoured, the herds return south where rain in Tanzania has restored the food supply. I wonder if they are bored along the way? From the hot air balloon, we looked down on a large herd of wildebeest. Gaining some protection in numbers, this defensive circle makes it more difficult for lions and hyena to attack. However, when these predators do approach, if a few wildebeest begin to run the entire herd often takes off. Once this happens, the ensuing chase can reach speeds of 40 to 60 kilometers per hour. This herd didn't move too much from what I could see, so there must not have been too many lions nearby as we passed overhead.