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The Serengeti Animal Food Chain (PHOTOS/VIDEOS)

First Posted: 11/24/10 05:53 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:15 PM ET

From BBC Earth's Arj Singh:

You could say it is the best of times and the worst of times for the herbivores of the Serengeti.

The arrival of the rains in the south is a precursor to one of the world's largest migrations.

One and a half million animals, including wildebeest, buffalo, gazelles and zebras, come together to take advantage of the bountiful food in the fast-growing lush grasses.

[You can see all sorts of videos and images of other migrating animals including humpback whales, Monarch butterflies and more over on our Facebook page, where you can also enter a photo competition and win DVDs.]

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But the rains also mark a time of plenty for the predators who stalk them. The likes of cheetahs, hyenas and lions can find food in abundance in the large gatherings of grazers.

Animals such as the wildebeest can travel some 500 miles, sometimes crossing massive obstacles such as the Mara River. They tend to travel in herds and they use these to defend themselves.
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