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Heartbreak on the Serengeti
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Riding With Wildebeests
Photograph by Randy Olson

Maneuvering through a herd of wildebeests, a bicyclist picks his way along the Serengeti Plains outside Robanda. Wildebeest populations are thought to number around 1.2 million, a recent high number for this antelope species, whose annual travels have helped shape the Serengeti's rich ecosystem. Each year large numbers of wildebeests—as many as 200,000 by one estimate—are illegally killed for food or quick cash. Scientists say the harvest cannot be sustained.


Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Canon EOS-1DS Mark II
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 560mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/332 @ f/6.4
Weather Conditions: Hazy and bright
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Available light

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