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The Wide World of Wildebeests

By Chris Taylor Sunday, May 13, 2018

Greetings friends and welcome back to Winter 2018 Part II! No I’m kidding but geesh, calling the past week brisk would be an understatement. Luckily this week temperatures are going to rise and we can all get back to the start of spring, at the end of May. Best part about the temps right now though is that they’re perfect for a walk through Timbavati Wildlife Park. One of the first stops on the Safari Train ride gives you a great view of our wildebeests.

Our Wildebeests reside in the Grasslands Area of Timbavati Wildlife Park. The wildebeest is also referred to as a gnu.  They hail from southern and eastern Africa. There are two species of wildebeests, the blue wildebeest and the black wildebeest. The blue can weigh up to 595 pounds while the black can weigh up to 340 pounds.

Wildebeests On The Move

During the African migration that occurs at the end of the rainy season about 1.2 million wildebeests join zebras and gazelles as they all travel to the savannas where there is plenty of food and water.

The gestation period of the  wildebeest is 8 and a half months. At the start of the rainy season which is February and March, female wildebeests give birth to baby calves. Calves weigh 44 to 49 pounds at birth. Calves learn to walk within minutes and the join the herd within a few days

Check out more fun facts about the woolly wildebeest and we will see you all in the park this week! Cheers!


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