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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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  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxalmost 6 years ago

    WOW>.. Have never seen this guy ever. Very good shooting here Ginny.. Great to see this!

  • Thanks so much LJ!! I had never seen any Wildebeest in person before…and never knew this type even existed till I saw it at the Safari Park.

    Just saw this in the comments instead of the replies. lol

    – Ginny York

  • maxy
    maxyalmost 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness – never seen one of these before! Heard about them tho… this is a fantastic catch of one amazing animal! Love the detail – interesting head too. Fantastic work!

  • Thanks Maxy! Looks like it has been rooting around in the mud. lol I couldn’t believe all the different animals they have at this Safari Park! It’s great there!!

    – Ginny York

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Ginny,Great shot of the wilderbeast,How far away were you when you photoggraphed him.

  • Thanks Kevin! It was probably about 30 feet or so. You drive on a dirt road through the Safari Park around all sorts of curves and hills and there are animals all over . Some don’t get too close and others come right up to the vehicles. You can’t get out of the vehicle. He was right next to the trees off the side of a narrow part. Well around 30 feet off were the wooded part. I took this on I think it was a 10x’s optical zoom…maybe a little less. I took all the pictures from there last July and I had already cropped a bunch of them. If I was already on this site then, I would have left just a little more room around him so his feet wouldn’t get cut off on the card. I think a little less of a crop would have been a better card. The other two are ok. Still I think it would look better with a bit more space around him.

    – Ginny York

  • deegarra
    deegarraalmost 6 years ago

    wow what a shot you got here. awesome Ginny

  • Thanks Dee! I was surprized to see so many different animals at this Safari Park. It’s so close to me and I didn’t even know it was there till last year.

    – Ginny York

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    Wow you got a great shot of him, fantastic worwk….gina

  • Thanks Gina! The Safari Park has a long dirt road that you drive through and the animals are all over. He was just off the side of the road!! I was thrilled. I have never seen a live Wildebeest before!!

    – Ginny York

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Karen! I’m always happy to share in the group!

    – Ginny York

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for this Feature! I am honored and thrilled to see this guy featured. :))

    – Ginny York

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much Ray!

    – Ginny York

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 4 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thanks Karen! This is the first time I had ever seen a Wilderbeest…and to see a white bearded one was awesome. I didn’t even know they existed.

    – Ginny York

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the great news Kay! And thanks to the members who voted for it in the Santa’s Rejects Challenge!

    – Ginny York

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