Wildebeest, also called gnus, are members of the antelope family. They are related to oryxes and gazelles. A wildebeest can grow to 2.4 meters (8 feet) in length, and weigh up to 270 kilograms (600 pounds).
Wildebeest typically inhabit the Serengeti plains of southeastern Africa. For most of their lives, wildebeest graze in the grassy savannas and open woodlands of the plains, which straddle the nations of Tanzania and Kenya.
More than 1.5 million wildebeest migrate in an enormous loop every year. The annual migration northwest, at the end of the rainy season (usually in May or June) is recognized as one of the "Seven Wonders of the Natural World."
The search for greener pastures does not come without danger. Its migration route crosses many rivers, most filled with giant Nile crocodiles.
What predators do wildebeest face in the Mara River?
Where does this wildebeest migration take place?
How many wildebeest complete the migration loop? How many zebras?
What drives wildebeest to migrate?
Wildebeest face fearsome crocodiles as they cross what river?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry animal migration Noun
process where a community of animals leaves a habitat for part of the year or part of their lives, and moves to habitats that are more hospitable.
reptile native to parts of Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
to feed on grass, usually over a wide pasture.
to live in a specific place.
movement of a group of people or animals from one place to another.
type of agricultural land used for grazing livestock.
animal that hunts other animals for food.
rainy season Noun
time of year when most of the rain in a region falls.
large stream of flowing fresh water.
Encyclopedic Entry: river savanna Noun
type of tropical grassland with scattered trees.
likely to change with the seasons.
Serengeti plains Noun
grassland of the Serengeti ecosystem of Kenya and Tanzania.
type of antelope native to Africa. Also called a gnu.