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Maasai Mara

Maasai Mara National Reserve of Kenya.
IUCN category II (national park)
Maasai Mara scenery
Typical "spotted" Maasai Mara scenery
Map showing the location of Maasai Mara National Reserve of Kenya.
Map showing the location of Maasai Mara National Reserve of Kenya.
Location of Maasai Mara National Reserve
Location Kenya, Rift Valley Province
Nearest town Narok
Coordinates view on map
Area 1,510 square kilometres (583 sq mi)
Established 1961
Governing body Trans-Mara and Narok County Councils

The Maasai Mara National Reserve (also known as Masai Mara and by the locals as The Mara) is a large game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people (the ancestral inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from afar: "Mara," which is Maa (Maasai language) for "spotted," an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savanna, and cloud shadows that mark the area.

It is globally famous for its exceptional population of Masai lions, African leopards and Tanzanian cheetahs, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson's gazelle, and wildebeest to and from the Serengeti every year from July to October, known as the Great Migration.

The Maasai Mara National Reserve is only a fraction of the Greater Mara Ecosystem, which includes the following Group Ranches: Koiyaki, Lemek, Ol Chorro Oirowua, Olkinyei, Siana, Maji Moto, Naikara, Ol Derkesi, Kerinkani, Oloirien, and Kimintet.

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