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Africa: The Serengeti – opens October 16 
"There is a place on Earth where it is still the morning of life, and the great herds run free."  So begins the new Omnimax Theater film, which transports viewers on an East African safari. 

This is your chance to see the world as it was before man encroached on the wilds—a time when massive herds of two million hoofed animals roamed vast plains all over the world. 
Today, East Africa is the last remaining home of such herds, including more than 1.5 million zebras, wildebeest, and gazelles. To escape the dry season of their ancestral calving grounds, these animals make an annual journey of 500 miles across the Serengeti Plains to the greener pastures of Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve. It is a dangerous trek.  In addition to grass fires, disease, and flood-gorged rivers, they are pursued by lions, cheetahs, and crocodiles. 

Directed by three-time Academy Award nominee George Casey and narrated by James Earl Jones, the $3.6 million film is a tribute to the wildebeest migration, and the land they occupy.  This a land where archaeologists have traced human life back two million years, where the indigenous Masai people tend cattle and maintain their unique customs.  Here, there are spectacular sunsets, volcanic eruptions, and animals of all shapes and colors, including elephants, hippos, monkeys, rhinos, flamingos, and giraffe. 

The sign at the entrance to the Serengeti National Park reads: "This is the world as it was in the beginning."   Try out this quiz about life in the Serengeti, and then see the film to discover more fascinating facts. 

1) What unique belief do the Masai hold about cattle? 
2) Tanzania is roughly the size of what American state? 
3) What does "Serengeti" mean in Masai? 
4) How many varieties of poisonous snake live on the Serengeti? 
5) What do the Masai use animal urine for? 
6) How many hours a day does an elephant eat? 
7) How many neck bones does a giraffe have? 
8) How many hours a day do lions sleep? 
9) What is the top speed of a cheetah? 
10) What is the most dangerous animal (in terms of natives killed) on the Serengeti?

Click here for answers. 

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