By: Bennett Atkins
Appearance & Classification
The wildebeest is 5 to 8 feet from head to tail and range from 4 ft 2 inches to 4 ft 10 inches at the shoulder. That's about the length of a minivan! They weigh 300 to 600 lbs. Wow that's pretty gigantic! Wildebeest have a black stripe that runs from their black main to their beard. The rest of their body is grey or brown fur. They have a large head, skinny legs, and two large curved horns. They're head and chest makes them look bigger. The wildebeest are really a species of antelope. Whoa, I didn't see that coming! Wildebeest, like all other antelopes are mammals. I wouldn't want to meet a wildebeest face to face, would you?
Predator & Prey
*Farmers don't like wildebeest because they blame them for spreading parasites to their cattle
*Towns and fences sometimes block the wildebeest migration
*If a wildebeest is alone, it gores its enemies
*Wildebeest travel over 1,000 miles in its migration
*The purpose of the wildebeest migration to follow the rain to get better grass
*Wildebeest are a main source of food on the savanah
Row Row Row
Wildebeest sleep in rows so they can get up fast and run.
Have you herd?
Wildebeest can travel in herds with up to 1.5 million.
Pick Pick Pick
These crazy birds hop on the backs of wildebeest picking off the bugs.