Nature: Running with the Beest (Season 41 premiere)

Air date: 10/19/2022

Witness the Largest Mass Migration on the Planet in Nature’s Season 41 Premiere, Running with the Beest, Wednesday, October 19 at 8/7c on PBS 

 

Maasai guides highlight the problems – and solutions – facing millions of wildlife on their yearly migration  

 

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, premiering Wednesday, October 19 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/nature, YouTube and the PBS Video app. 

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. 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.    

“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.” 

Since 1982, Nature has pioneered a television genre that is now widely emulated in the broadcast industry, bringing the natural world to millions of viewers. The series has won more than 700 honors from the television industry, the international wildlife film communities and environmental organizations, including 20 Emmys and three Peabodys. Consistently among the most-watched primetime series on PBS, Nature continues to innovate through original digital programming, such as the Webby Award nominated podcast Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant and digital series Animal IQ and Crash Course: Zoology. Nature’s award-winning website, pbs.org/nature, features full episodes, short films, digital series, behind-the-scenes content, news articles, educational resources and more.  

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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. Nature: Running with the Beest is 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. 

Support for Nature: Running with the Beest was provided in part by Bradley L. Goldberg Family Foundation and The Hite Foundation. Series funding for Nature is also made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Arnhold Family in memory of Henry and Clarisse Arnhold, The Fairweather Foundation, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, Charles Rosenblum, Sarah and Sandra Lyu in memory of Seung and Dorothy Lyu, Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, Gregg Peters Monsees Foundation, Koo and Patricia Yuen, Arlene and Milton D. Berkman, Sandra Atlas Bass, and public television viewers. 

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During migration, hundreds of tourist vehicles crowd into the Mara to witness the migration river crossings firsthand. Maasai Mara, Kenya. Credit: © Atlantic Productions Ltd

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

Thousands of wildebeest migrating north through the grassy plains of the Maasai Mara in Kenya. Credit: Adam Bannister / © Atlantic Productions Ltd

Female lion and her cub. Maasai Mara, Kenya. Credit: Alisa Karstad / © Atlantic Productions Ltd

Hyena family at a dead end. Maasai Mara, Kenya. Credit: Alisa Karstad / © Atlantic Productions Ltd

Derrick Nabaala, a wildlife guide of Maasai Mara, Kenya. Credit: Jo Scofield / © Atlantic Productions Ltd

Evalyn Sintoya, a wildlife guide of Maasai Mara, Kenya. Credit: Jo Scofield / © Atlantic Productions Ltd

Herds of wildebeest at dawn crossing the Mara River. Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Credit: Clement Kiragu / © Atlantic Productions Ltd