First off i will say we need to get the ball rolling so im gonna throw ideas out there and go from there.
Right first idea is adapting the beautiful and mesmeric surrounding of the "Serengeti migration" its so great and would be a challenge but i reckon by working hard i think we can create an awesome environment.
I am inspired alot by african art and this style of imagery could work beautifully in our cartoon approach to modelling.
Also animating would be no issue with so many species of animal living in the Serengeti and also the Masai tribes of Tanzania and kenya. This is such a visually appealing place and lighting will be key in creating a adaption of the Serengeti.
Research for african art is widely available in london and at the british Musuem they have room dedicated to africa. Also in a few days we will have access to one of the best documentaries ever made and was shown at Imax in 1994 "Africa : The Serengeti". I feel this idea lends its self to our cartoon approach so let me know what you think. :)