Between the months of June and October there are plenty of incredible sights to be seen in the Serengeti and Maasai Mara regions of East Africa as the animals begin their yearly migration.
During these months over a million wild animals including zebras, antelopes and wildebeest risk their lives trying to make the treacherous journey across the Mara River.
But there’s one thing in their way – a pack of hungry crocodiles that live in the murky waters.
Safari Guide Dennis Waweru has been working in the Maasai Mara for over 10 years and it was him that first spotted the group of crocodiles lurking near the crossing one day last year.
His safari group had got up especially early to catch a glimpse of the zebra migration and had only waited 30 minutes before large numbers crocodiles moved in on the zebras and started to attack.
Despite spotting the vicious crocs, the terrified zebras were determined to carry on their journey.
Although most of the zebras managed to cross the river unscathed, they weren’t all so lucky.
A young zebra was brought down by one of the crocodiles, and it didn’t take long for the rest of the group to move in and maul it to death.
Typically, crocodiles use their powerful jaws to catch their prey before rolling it around to tear off pieces of flesh into bite sized chunked.
The crocodiles living in the Mara River are Nile crocodiles, known for their savage nature. They are one of the largest species in the world and can reach up to 5 metres in length by the time they’re fully grown. Their diet is mainly made up of fish but they can survive for long periods of time without food. When they do eventually eat, it’s not uncommon for these crocodiles to feast on up to half their body weight at one time, making this poor zebra the perfect dinner.
Experienced Safari guide Dennis has seen scenes like this many times during his decade of working in the region and admits that although he finds them hard to watch, it really is nature at it’s very best.