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Migration wonder in Maasai Mara

08-25-2012 03:11 BJT Special Report: The Great Migration |

Many tourists are now gathering in Kenya's Maasai Mara national reserve, waiting for the wonder moment for the immense wildebeest migration. This year, because of the climate change and the unexpected rainfall, the wildebeests have been delaying their journey from Tanzania's Serengeti National park to Maasai Mara. Despite the delay, the moment has finally come for the animals crossing Mara river, the most challenging part of the journey.

The pastures on the other side, is greener. That's why over two million wildebeests and zebras are risking their life for the migration. The migration has to cross the Mara River, where they must face the prey by crocodiles and fight the territorial hippos. Survival of the fittest. After four hours of wait and see, the 3-thousand wildebeests plus a small number of zebras finally decided to move across the 30-meter-long river course. Some made it, some failed. The battle of life has attracted visitors worldwide, including Barack Obama, who visited in 2006 as a Senator. He stayed in a room at Basecamp Explorer and planted a tree in the camp's carbon-capture forest. The deed, as the camp says, conveys their approach to sustainable tourism, with strong community engagement and environmental protection.

Svein Wilhelhsen, Founder of Basecamp said’ “ I think we're talking about one of the most important ecosystem on the earth. Biologists say this is the last ecosystem where you have so many species like wildebeests, thomson gazelle in large quantity. And also the 2 million migration route. " Maasai mara is only half managed by the kenyan government. While the other half is in the hand of the local Masai people.“

Svein Wilhelhsen,Founder of Basecamp said, “Our concept is you have to include local community.The protection of the ecosystem and development of local masai communities come hand in hand. “

Daniel Kisaika, Maasai Chief said,”You see the wild animals migrating on the park, we're getting a lot of benefits. When visiters come to mara, then they come to visit our villages. We got a lot of visitors in our village. So we're getting a lot of good things from the wild animals."

Despite the growth of modern civilization, the Maasai have largly managed to maintain their traditions.But this is more challenging. Due to the declaration of the Maasai Mara and Serengeti game reserves, the grazing land for their cattle has diminished considerably. Fortunately living alongside wildlife in harmony has become an important part of their beliefs, which contributes to the ecosystem and the great wildebeest migration in the Mara.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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