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Wildebeest Pair Take Fright, Grumeti Game Reserve

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Wildebeest pair take fright, Grumeti Game Reserve, Tanzania Caption: Wildebeest pair (Connochaetes taurinus) take fright and run off, Serengeti Plains, Grumeti Game Reserve, Tanzania.  © Scotch Macaskill

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Canon Rebel XSi 12.2MP); Lens: Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 120mm; Aperture: f/8; Shutter Speed: 1/400; ISO: 200

Location: Grumeti Game Reserve lies along the northwestern border of the Serengeti National Park. The reserve, covering an area of 2, 000 square km, forms part of the larger Serengeti/Mara ecosystem, where the wildebeest migration occurs between July and October.

Unrestricted movement of the migratory herds is essential for the continuation of the Serengeti/Mara ecosystem. Grumeti Game Reserve, which was gazetted in 1994, is one of a handful of buffer zones established in recent years to provide a series of corridors for the vast herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra.

In addition to the annual wildebeest migration, visitors to Grumeti can expect to see large herds of impala, zebra, topi, eland, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelle. Lion, cheetah, and hyena are the main predators found in the reserve.

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