National Geographic : 2016 Jan
THE COVENANT OF THE PARK To capture life around a watering hole in Tanzania’s Serengeti, Wilkes spent 30 hours inside a crocodile hunting blind raised on an 18-foot- high scaffold. Using equipment pow- ered by solar panels, he took 2,260 photographs to create this image. Every year the 5,700-square-mile Serengeti National Park in Tanzania plays host to millions of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles and the predators that follow their migration. The Maasai word for Serengeti means “the place where the land runs on forever.” But like any protected area, the Serengeti is essentially an island, a primeval world that has survived into the 21st century. It exists only because humans have agreed—or have been forced to agree— not to conduct busi- ness as usual within its boundaries. That cove- nant is always open to challenge and, for the sake of future genera- tions, must always be renewed.