Video of wildebeests blocked by Kenyan tourist camp sparks national outrage [Video]


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A video of guards chasing away wildebeests at a tourist camp in Kenya on September 8 went viral on social media. The video led to an outcry from national government officials and a call to disband the camp. But local actors on the ground told the FRANCE 24 Observers team that the event was a one-off, and was quickly politicised.

The footage shows the Mara Ngenche safari camp, located in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southwest Kenya. The camp is located along the annual migration route for wildebeests. On the day the video was filmed, a herd of thousands of wildebeests tried to cross the river into the camp premises. Guards responded by forcing the herd away.

The video shows the wildebeests being chased back towards the raging river. The filmer zooms, panning to show several human figures forcing the moving mass of wildebeests through the trees and towards …