Fun Facts about the Wildebeests

Fun facts about the wildebeests are the tidbit of interesting and entertaining trivia about them. The Wildebeest also known as the gnu, is a member of the antelope family and Alcelaphnae sub family. They have a large, box-like head with curving horns.

There are two species of wildebeests, the common wildebeest, scientifically known as Connochaetes taurinus, and the black wildebeest, scientifically known as Connochaetes gnou. The distinguishing feature are their color and direction of horns.

The front end of their body is heavily built, while the hindquarters are slender with spindly legs. They have a gray coat and a black mane as well as a beard that can be black or white. The uniqueness of this creature is that, they calve within the same short span of time during the month before or start peak of a rainy season.

Fun Facts about the wildebeests

1.Wildebeests are very fast animals.
Wildebeests can reach top speeds of 80 kilometers per hour, or 50 miles per hour. Being extremely fast, they also have great endurance, which they use to migrate over long distances. Their robust body and powerful limbs allow them to cover great distances effectively.

Furthermore, this quick pace enables them to out run there predators, wow, what a great and interesting way for survival.

2.Wildebeests are herbivores
Wildebeests are herbivores to say, they feed on the tall and short grasses of savannahs and grasslands within their habitats. They have a large row of incisor teeth designed to consume the grasses. Their digestive mechanism is greatly effective, allowing them to get most of the nutrients from the grasses they eat.

This kind of feeding definetly helps to promote bio diversity by preventing grass overgrowth especially, in places where its growth is very fast. Thus its way of feeding very vital to the eco-system.

3.Wildebeests give birth simultaneously
They give birth every year, however, it is actually very rare to witness the entire birthing process from start to finish. Around 8000 wildebeest calves are born each day. These calves weigh between 45 and 49 pounds. Within two minutes, they are ready to run.

The majority of female wildebeests, that is about 80% give birth around the same time, during the beginning of the rainy season.
This timing increases the calves chances of survival by over powering predators in large numbers. This season also guarantees that there is enough grass for the calves and the breast feeding moms.

4.Wildebeests are social creatures
Wildebeests are highly social animals that stay in larger herds for protection against predators. During migration in June, the Serengeti gnu population breeds in large numbers. Around 500,000 females mate with thousands of males, creating a very loud and busy spectacle.

They mostly communicate by sight and scent. their grunts and groans act as signals keeping the herd together. This co ordination helps them learn behaviour of others, learning from triumphs and mistakes thus, increases groups chances of survival and decreases individual risks

5.Great migration of the wildebeests
The great migration of the wildebeest is the largest animal migration in the world. Herds of animals migrate long distances across the Serengeti in Tanzania and Masai Mara in Kenya.. The journey follows a pathway that is deeply engraved in their memory.

The migration is more than just a movement, it influences the life of other animals, that is, the predators; lions and hyenas feed on the herds while the scavengers feed on the remnants.

Surely, the wildebeests are an exciting animal to see. Especially when it comes to witnessing the migration oneself.

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