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October 15, 2020 - CNN

KENYA: A massive animal migration is still happening in the Maasai Mara.

KENYA: A massive animal migration is still happening in the Maasai Mara.
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For Nadutari Tingisha, making beaded jewelry is the only job she's ever known. "Beading is something we grew up doing, so we will never give up on it," she says. She typically spends her days hawking her wares to tourists who flock to Kenya's Maasai Mara to take part in the region's world-renowned safaris.

However, this year her clientele has been few and far between. Every year between June and December, one of the world's largest and longest animal migrations takes place in East Africa. Over two million wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and other animals travel across the Serengeti into Kenya's Maasai Mara in pursuit of greener pastures.

Dubbed by many as the Great Migration, the circular route spans between 800 and 1,600 kilometers, with herds of wildebeest often seen stretching across 40 kilometers. In the past, the bulk of Kenya's tourists arrived between June and October to witness the migration. However, months of travel restrictions due to the pandemic have dealt a blow to the country's tourism industry.

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