Awe-Inspiring Timelapse Shows the Great Migration of 1.5 Million Wildebeest

We’ve all seen and heard geese fly south for the winter. But what’s it like to witness larger animals migrate? Lucky for us, wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas recorded an incredible timelapse sequence in Northern Serengeti, Tanzania. Great Migration features thousands of wildebeest crossing the Mara River was a finalist in the new TIMElapse category of the 2014 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition:

Shot over a period of five days, the video shows the migration of wildebeest from Tanzania to Kenya as they look for new grazing pastures.

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One and a half million wildebeest cross the Mara River.

“The Serengeti Ecosystem supports 1.5 million wildebeest. These wildebeest are forced to migrate around a 40,000 square kilometre area in order to find fresh grazing pastures. The migration is full of danger and hardship for these resilient creatures. Thirst, hunger, exhaustion, predation and the Mara River are just some of the challenges they must face.”

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