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Golden Wildebeest.


Connochaetes taurinus.



Conservation status


Height ~

1.47 m / 4' 10" ft Weight ~ 270 kg / 600 lb

Distinctive features

Each year an ancient spectacle, the single largest movement of wildlife, begins. Wildebeests migrate in search of fresh pastures and water. Such migrations may contain as many as one million individuals. Still, only a minimal fraction of that number belongs to the golden wildebeest subspecies.

In November, the rains have resumed in the south and the green grasses of the North are depleted, the masses surge back to the fresh pastures. This migration takes the form of long columns, stretching thousands of miles. Visitors and natives say the ground trembles under their stampeding hooves. Predators such as lions and hyenas follow the herd while crocodiles wait hungrily in the rivers. They wait for a lone unhealthy gnu or youngster to break away from the others; wading into a herd of over one million hoofed animals for a meal is too dangerous.

Wildebeests live in more densely packed herds than any other large mammal, except for humans.

Eighty percent of calves are born within a 2-3 week period at the start of the rainy season. Calves can stand and run within 3-7 minutes after birth. Since predators can only take a limited number of prey at any given time, there is a higher chance of survival for each individual calf.




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