Last month I had the good fortune to view one portion of the Great Migration of wildebeests, zebras and other grazers crossing the Mara River in Kenya. I took these photos of part of the crossing and its aftermath.

It is bedlam. The wildebeests trample each other in their rush to cross the river and get up the opposite bank before they are killed by a lion or a croc. They have reason to be afraid.
Lions wait in the grasses up top, while…
crocodiles lie in wait beside or under the water.

One wildebeest was quickly drowned by a crocodile while another looked on.
Most of the zebras waited until the rush was over and the predators had eaten.
On the other side of the Mara, one wildebeest celebrated a successful crossing (sorry, Mom).

Next week: Zambia!



About Alexis

Alexis Rankin Popik, author of Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate, is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in The Berkshire Review and Potpourri Magazine. She has penned numerous articles about local history that have been published in Connecticut Explored and the University of Connecticut School of Law and The Hartford Seminary publications. A former union organizer, Popik traveled the country educating shipyard workers about health and safety and founded a labor-management health plan before turning to writing fiction full-time. She lives with her husband in New England.
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