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NATURE: Running with the Beest

Wildebeest plunging into the Mara River during the Great Migration. Maasai Mara, Kenya.
Courtesy of Adam Bannister / © Atlantic Productions Ltd
Wildebeest plunging into the Mara River during the Great Migration. Maasai Mara, Kenya.

Encore Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 at 7 p.m. on KPBS 2 / PBS Video App

The Great Migration in East Africa is a spectacle that can be seen from space. More than one million wildebeest, alongside zebra, gazelle and elands, journey in a quest to find fresh grass. Witness this annual phenomenon in NATURE “Running with the Beest.”

Preview of Running with the Beest

The documentary, which kicks off Nature’s 41st Season on PBS, follows two Maasai guides, Derrick Nabaala and Evalyn Sintoya, who have spent the last 10 years tracking the wildebeest as they migrate through Kenya’s Mara ecosystem.

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However, climate change, tourism and modern-day conflicts are threatening the delicate balance between the environment and wildlife. The Great Migration is part of the Maasai’s cultural heritage, and Nabaala and Sintoya share new ideas for co-existence in a changing world.

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“Wildebeest are a keystone species that support the entire ecosystem around them,” said Fred Kaufman, executive producer for NATURE. “Their conservation is critical to the survival of the natural landscape of East Africa. Our hope with this film is to shed light on the issues facing the Great Migration and spotlight possible solutions.”

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NATURE is available for streaming concurrent with broadcast on all station-branded PBS platforms, including and the PBS Video App, available on iOS, Android, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, Chromecast and VIZIO.



NATURE is a production of The WNET Group. Fred Kaufman is executive producer. Bill Murphy is series producer. Janet Hess is series editor. Danielle Broza is digital content & strategy lead. A production of Atlantic Productions Limited and The WNET Group in association with ITV Studios. The documentary is written and directed by Joanne Scofield. Bob Poole is director of photography. Produced by Anthony Geffen and narrated by Nyambi Nyambi.