White-Bearded Wildebeest

Ginny York

Amherst, United States

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This is one of the Wildedeest at the Virginia Safari Park…a 180 acre free roaming area in Natural Bridge, Virginia, USA, for all sorts of different types of animals. This is the first time I have seen a Wildebeest in person. They didn’t get too close, but seemed very curious. Their native range is in the Serengeti Desert of Africa and the main diet is grasses. They can grow to about 4 1/2 feet at the shoulder and weigh anywhere from 350 to 500 pounds. Both the male and the female are horned and bearded. They are primarily sedentary, which in their natural environment makes them an excellent target for predators. At night they will sleep on the ground in rows, allowing them both group security and space to run quickly. A baby Wildebeest can stand and run 3 to 7 minutes after it’s born. Lucky for this one and the others at the Safari Park, they won’t have to worry about preditors. The White-Bearded Wildebeest is an endangered species. Taken with my Kodak Easyshare DX 3900 digital camera

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