Stampede! Migrating gnus take a leap of faith

These stunning pictures show a herd of migrating gnus taking a dangerous leap of faith.

The shots taken in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and by French photography duo Laurent Renaud and Dominique Haution.

Cliff Jumping Gnus

A wildebeest dives head first into the water

For the gnus to migrate in this area, they have to risk their life and jump off a high cliff into crocodile infested waters- where many don’t make it out alive.

Laurent said: “The gnus need to make the dangerous trip down the cliff and across the river, so they don’t run out of food when the winter months come.

 

Cliff Jumping Gnus

The fearless wildebeest jumps into the water

“The gnus throw themselves off the ridge and some get stuck into the ridges of the cliffs, which is jaw- dropping to watch.”

Laurent and Dominique have been taking pictures together for over 20 years and they come to the Kenyan reserve every year to try and take the relevant shots.

Dominique said: “We know when the gnus are going to migrate so we set our cameras up and just wait to see what happens.

“It is always so exciting and an incredible experience! I can’t wait to go back and watch it next year.”

Cliff Jumping Gnus

A wildebeest captured mid-flight moments before it plunges into a river