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WHAT IS THE WILDEBEEST?


The wildebeest is native to the african savanna. The males are bigger then the females and can grow to over 550 pounds. The females usually max out at 450 pounds and have a gestation period of 8 1/2 months which is remarkably close to humans. The wildebeest has large humped shoulders and hindquarters which slope downward. Both sexes have horns they also have a mane of long black hair along the back of the neck as you can see from the pictures.



Both sexes posses horns which are very similar to the Cape Buffalo. The horns of the females are not as thick or as wide as those of the trophy males. Wildebeest can exist in almost any climate in Africa. They are extremely versitiles creatures but their normal habitat is a grassy plain and the lightly woode savanna. If there is a readily availablesource of drinking water then there will be wildebeest.














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The wildebeest graze on short grass and it can be any type of shortgrass. It feeds on the shortgrass the other animals have trouble eating, this is its evolutionary advantage. Wildebeest are often seen with other herbivours such as the Impala or the Zebra. This animal is a herd animal and relys on mutual protection from its other members in the herd. Females and the young are found in groups of up to 100 animals while the males live in bachelor herds. During hot days they will seek shade and they lay down and sleep most nights. Although they have been known to graze in the moonlight. They are easily spooked and will run away right away. The breeding season is between April and June, males establish territories and collect the females for breeding. The females also give birth with their herd for added protection. Young males leave the herd at the age of two.

 

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