Wildebeest

Wildebeest

Wildebeest

AKA Gnu. They resemble a svelte American Bison. They each sport a beard and are slightly hunched back. Their rear hunches are lower than their shoulders.

Wildebeest are the largest group of the four animals that participate in the semi-annual migration across the Serengeti Plains.  We witness the leading edge of the migration and the herds stretch for kilometers. The migration brings wildebeests, zebras, Thompson Gazelles and elands, and it also brings the flies and the carnivores.

Wildebeest

In conversation with an Australian fellow, he mentioned that the reason the wildebeest exist in such great numbers is because during the times of the colonial animal massacre there could not be found a use for this lowly animal, their meat being tough and their hides not pretty, so they were not killed in the numbers the others were.

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