the wilds of east Africa
The rains are crucial to the Mara. They bring fresh grass to the plains that allows a stunning annual migration of countless wildebeest and zebra. Where the herbivores graze, the big cats hunt. The Mara still boasts one of the world's great concentrations of these relentless predators. Lions are the lords of their domain, cheetahs are the sleek hunters of the grasslands, while elusive leopards might be glimpsed only as fleeting shadows in the woodlands.