Use the text and images below to complete a very descriptive look and learn.

– In your own words, describe what is happening in the image.
– Explain why the wildebeest migrate.
– Describe some adaptations that the wildebeest might have.
– Explain why the migration period is dangerous for the wildebeest.


A migrating wildebeest leaps into the low waters of the Mara River in Tanzania. Wildebeests begin their annual migration at the edge of the Serengeti Plains. On their enormous loop following seasonal rains, the more than 1.5 million animals encounter deadly crossings like this one at the Mara, infamous home of the giant Nile crocodile.

This photo was submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest.