Wildebeest at Amboseli

In this brief video, Jackson Liaram explains that we are watching the white-bearded wildebeest (Dutch for wild beast), or gnu.  They live about 20 years if they survive being a meal for predators. In fact, altho’ their name derives from a menacing appearance, the National Geographic website points out that the wildebeest “is better described as a reliable source of food for the truly menacing predators of the African savanna: lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas.”

Although you see a small herd here, wildebeest are the largest contingent of animals in the Great Migration of 1.5 million animals crossing the Mara River as they follow the greener grasses.  See superb photos on Paul Kirui’s website and also some recent very nice personal photos (August 19th), Facebook post of Patty Maeder.


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