Wildebeest Facts: The Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) is unwittingly the animal most visitors to the Masai Mara would most like to see, because it features heavily in The Great Migration. Found in open short grass savanna and woodland savanna, it is smaller than the Buffalo, with lightly built hindquarters. Wildebeest live in herds numbering up to 30, until they amass in vast congregations (but still maintain herd integrity) for the Migration, where they constantly follow the rains, in one big annual loop. Some herds do not migrate and are always found in the same territory. Territorial bulls control up to 150 cows, despite the cows wandering through other bulls territories. A single calf is born after a gestation period of 36 weeks, weighing 22kg and will live for up to 18 years in the wild (20 if captive). Bulls in migratory herds have a most unusual call that has been likened to a chorus of huge frogs..!
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