Care To Watch A Million Animals Migrate? Just Stream It For the first time, the great migration of nearly 2 million wildebeest, gazelle and zebras to Kenya will be broadcast online. Carl Verhoef, co-founder of HerdTracker, will guide the live-streamed safari.
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For the first time, the great migration of nearly 2 million wildebeest, gazelle and zebras to Kenya will be broadcast online. Carl Verhoef, co-founder of HerdTracker, will guide the live-streamed safari.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

If you're about to book your safari to take in the great zebra and wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to Kenya's Masai Mara Reserve, hold off.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

This year, there is an easier and cheaper way.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Just to let everyone know, we are here and broadcasting live from the Masai Mara in Kenya.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: We can see some zebras and some wildebeests, some buffaloes, elephants.

SHAPIRO: That's from a feed that was on the live video streaming app Periscope today. A group called HerdTracker is leading the project from the banks of the Mara River.

SIEGEL: That's where we reached HerdTracker's Carel Verhoef. He says after people see these videos, maybe they will book that trip.

CAREL VERHOEF: That's why we're here, to show a little bit of what Kenya has to offer to the world.

SHAPIRO: But where there are wildebeests, don't expect Wi-Fi. The cost of presenting this live video stream from the Masai Mara...

VERHOEF: Thirty-eight dollars per minute of live broadcast.

SHAPIRO: Thirty-eight dollars per minute.

VERHOEF: Yes, the more remote you are the higher the cost.

SHAPIRO: (Laughter).

SIEGEL: The broadcast will continue twice a day through October 5. Viewer discretion is advised.

SHAPIRO: There are crocodiles in the Mara River. It can get gory.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE CIRCLE OF LIFE")

TWILLIE AND MORAKE: (Singing in foreign language).

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