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Heartbreak on the Serengeti
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The Serengeti
Shaped by tectonic shifts and volcanic pressures, the Serengeti-Mara region supports a stunning collection of parks and wildlife reserves. Healthy populations of predators rely on the keystone species, the wildebeest, now thought to number around 1.2 million. These members of the antelope family bring life to the African plains, renewing the grasslands by their wide-ranging grazing and their droppings. People have also helped write the region's long history: hominin ancestors in Olduvai Gorge; tribes of traditional hunters who once roamed the Serengeti; and nomadic Maasai who still follow their herds in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a multiple-use zone where wildlife, tourists, and indigenous people are supposed to exist in harmony—but seldom do.

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