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Course Description

Tanzania and the Serengeti Plains

The Serengeti ecosystem is arguably one of the greatest wildlife areas in the world. Here, in an annual spectacle unmatched on the planet, 1.5 million wildebeests, 200,000 plains zebras and 250, 000 Thomson's gazelles drift back and forth across the African savannah in search of the vital green flush of grass that follows the seasonal rains. In February each year, these life-giving rains transform the southern Serengeti in Tanzania into verdant grassland and the great herds gather there to give birth to a new generation. In the short span of a few weeks, half a million wobbly wildebeest calves struggle to gain their balance in the tenuous first minutes of life. We will be there to witness this breath-taking natural wonder.

With the newborns come the uninvited dinner guests: lithe tawny lions, fleet-footed cheetahs, rapacious hyenas, cunning jackals and flights of hungry vultures. Add to this wilderness marvel, scores of multi-coloured birds, the soothing silhouettes of umbrella acacia trees, the boisterous bellowing of water-loving hippos, and the star-littered night skies and you have the ingredients for a life-altering experience. In this extraordinary setting, it feels as if little has changed since humankind's distant ancestors strode across a fresh field of volcanic ash leaving us a fossilized signature of their passage. When you travel these wild African plains you discover a state of being where glorious nature can rejuvenate and inspire the hungriest of human souls.

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Accompanying Instructor

Dr. Wayne Lynch is an internationally-recognized naturalist, science writer and professional wildlife photographer. His photo credits include hundreds of magazine covers, thousands of calendar shots, and tens of thousands of images published in over 60 countries. He is also a popular guest speaker, and audiences worldwide applaud his practical and entertaining approach to natural history. As well, he is the author and photographer of over 50 natural history books for children, young adults and adults. He is an elected fellow of the Explorers Club and the Arctic Institute of North America, and his biography has been included in the Canadian Who's Who, published by the University of Toronto, since 1996. Wayne has made over two dozen trips to the Serengeti. He has planned and accompanied trips for Continuing Education to Brazil, Namibia, Arctic Norway, Kenya, Boreal Canada and Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.

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