Facts About African Savanna Wildebeest
You have probably seen the Wildebeest? They are one of the most common animals found in the African savanna.
Wildebeest earned their name due to their menacing appearance – a large head and shaggy mane with sharp, curved horns.
Despite how menacing they look however, they’re actually the primary source of food for the real predators of the African Savanna – the Lion, Hyenas, and Cheetahs.
7 facts about Wildebeest
- They are the most abundant big-game species in the East African Savanna.
- The Dutch, who settled in South Africa, gave the animal its name, Wildebeest, which means wild beast.
- Their bodies have a disproportionate appearance, with a large heavy front that looks menacing, but smaller hindquarters and legs.
- Wildebeests stick together in a herd to protect themselves from wild predators, and the most vulnerable to predation when they are separated or alone.
- Their average lifespan of 20 years in the wild African Savanna.
- Territorial and males will challenge one another when they feel like their territories are overlapping.
- Wildebeests are strictly grazers, preferring sweet, stocky grasses.
As you’ve read above, despite the ubiquity of the Wildebeest in the African savanna, they do have certain unique characteristics, and they play a vital role in the food chain.
Which of these facts are new to you? We hope you have learned something.
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