Death in the plains.

Photograph by Anup and Manoj Shah

A Thomson’s gazelle falls victim to Amani, who now must find cover to protect her meal. A kill in plain view can attract scavengers–lions, hyenas, jackals, and vultures. The wide-open spaces on Kenya’s grassy plains provide ample room for a high-speed chase: Cheetahs can easily outrun an ungulate, but gazelles make sharp quick turns that outmaneuver a cat sprinting at top speed. Cheetahs catch their targets about half the time.

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith.