Animals in Africa
The wildebeest is one of Africa's most iconic animals. With its atypical appearance, it is easy to recognize.
The blue wildebeest is a quite recognizable African animal with its distinctive appearance with the long head, crooked horns, long thin legs and dark pelt. Wildebeests live in great herds on the African savannah. Here the males try to dominate as many females as they can, a quite stressful and tiring task. Only the strongest males are able to maintain the greatest territories.
In these gigantic herds the females are giving birth at almost the same time. This is a survival strategy against predators. Although it can be hard for lions de decide which calf they want to go for, only a fifth of all newborn calf will survive their first year. Hyenas, lions, wild dogs, cheetahs, crocodiles and other predators are quite aware of their chance to catch an easy prey here.
The size of the heard depends on the season. In dry periods smaller herds are gathering in search for fresh grass. This phenomenon is also known as "the great migration". 1,5 million wildebeests will migrate from Tanzania to Kenya and back again, following the rain and fresh grass.
Shoulder height115-145 cm
FoodGrass, thick leafed plants.
Weight140 - 290 kg
"...Did you know that a newborn wildebeest calf is able to follow the group already a few minutes after it is born?"
On the map you can find where the different animal feedings take place