James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Friday Photo: Blue Wildebeest

Yesterday, for the first time in two months, I woke up in frosty England, a world away from Africa. Having grown up in the urban wilderness of North Essex, the sheer size and abundance of game roaming the fields struck me as wonderful and unfamiliar in equal measure. Unfortunately, tourists are directed straight to the big 5, and in doing so they miss so much. The image below is of a herd of majestic Blue Wildebeest, Connochaetes taurinus, stampeding before the vehicle. They’re often affectionately referred to as Lion food, but this will always remain as one of my favorite images from the entire trip.





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