The Mara River flows through Kenya and Tanzania in the landmass of Africa. It intersects the migration way of wildebeest and other creatures in the Serengeti-Masai Mara game reserves. Around two million animals comprising wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle migrate from Tanzania’s “Serengeti National Park” to the greener grasslands of Kenya’s “Maasai Mara National Reserve” from July to October.
This migration of hundreds and thousands of animals often called the Great Migration, is one of the vastest spectacles of the natural world. During their process of migration, they have to pass over the dangerous and risky Mara River that lies right across their way. The Mara River crossing is deemed to be the hugest and the most dramatic of all wildlife crossings and has occurred as the center of many documentaries.
The animals arrive at the Mara River in their thousands of numbers and gather waiting to cross the path. For many days they stop for their brothers to arrive and the sums keep building up. Ultimately, the wildebeest select a crossing point. Usually, the selected point is, relatively mild range of water without too much predator-concealing vegetation on the far side.
Although sometimes they select apparently suicidal areas and drown in hundreds of numbers. The junction is the single biggest hurdle the animals come across during their journey. The crossing points form blockages in which hundreds and thousands of animals die through trampling or drowning.
The crocodiles prey on the animals as they strive to make it towards the river bank. The Maasai Mara also remains one of the biggest numbers of lions in the whole world and also other carnivores like hyenas, leopards, and cheetahs that hunt and chase the wildebeest.
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