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Re: Antelope: Blue Wildebeest

Unread postby Nico » Sat Sep 11, 2010 10:28 am

The Waterhole. After a very dry day, lots of Blue Wildebeest came to the Warerhole Kannaguass in Kgalagdi and that was an impessive spectacle as you can see in this video. :wink:

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w11ALyfCqM0[/video]

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Re: Antelope: Blue Wildebeest

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:53 pm

Thank you, Nico,

your videos are always brilliant but this one was fantastic :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Antelope: Blue Wildebeest

Unread postby Nico » Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:38 pm

Crying Toddler, a young Blue Wildebeest that probably lost his/her mother at a Lion kill and he/she is constantly calling mother, the poor thing. :(

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0pH_S8JXwM[/video]
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Re: Antelope: Blue Wildebeest

Unread postby adw » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:59 pm

Saw this youngster in Jan this year on the S89.

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Re: Antelope: Blue Wildebeest

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Mar 21, 2011 7:10 pm

A nice shot from yesterday...a very big and very tame herd near Orpen! :thumbs_up:


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Re: Antelope: Blue Wildebeest

Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:59 am

Seen along the H7

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Wildebeest

Unread postby 100ponder » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:45 am

Following Kallis' remarks on the African wild dog topic regarding the
scarcity of wildebeest in the area north of Shingwedzi, I thought it
prudent to open a discussion.

In May 2011 there were scores of wildebeest on the grassy plains
along the Capricorn Loop. Now this is only some 50- 80 km south
of the area Kallis referred too.

There were also large numbers on the grassy planes directly north
of Satara.

Kallis, can you advise if the scarcity of wildebeest north of Singwedsi
is seasonal as that might indicate a north - south migration.

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Re: Wildebeest

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:58 am

I have never seen Wilderbeest near Shingwedzi either!
I think it is just the natural distribution in the park :)
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Re: Wildebeest

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:14 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:Wildebeest are grazers, so they are most likely to be found in savannah and lightly wooded savannah. They will also seek sweet grass, not found in the northern areas.

yebo :thumbs_up:

I have seen zebra and Willies at Punda, and Mopani though. Not in high numbers at all as found in the savannah areas. Yet it seems like a little dry patch for gnu there in Shing :hmz:
Made up for by lots of impala, waterbuck and nyala.
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Re: Wildebeest

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:24 pm

Cheetah, I do agree that ancient migrations play a role in distibution. The Wildebeest, in my mind is not the most intelligent of animals. Zebras have a much better social structure.

I have a soft spot for Willies, but they have a bad combination of any kind of intelligence. They don't have the best build, the best profile and the brightest brain.

They drop their kids anywhere. At times, one wonders if there is an awareness of birth.

However, they have survived, despite being possibly very stupid.

They must be doing something right.
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Re: Wildebeest

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:27 pm

True MM!
When you put it that way they sound pretty useless :lol:
I heard their strength is their good eyesight. might be wrong?
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Re: Wildebeest

Unread postby Joao » Sun Jan 15, 2012 6:20 pm

Eish the English language is sometimes very difficult for me but I have just read that the Wildebeest calve is one of the most precocial (developed at birth) of all antelope species.

So there is at least one positive about the Gnu.

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Re: Wildebeest

Unread postby cheetah2111 » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:32 pm

:lol: your English always comes out perfect friend :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

1. good eyesight
2. Most developed at birth
3. strength in shear numbers.

Not sounding too bad now 8)
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Re: Wildebeest

Unread postby swob9 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:25 am

In regards to observed Wildebeest decline, here is an interesting article that speaks of declines in Wildebeest numbers in the KNP and in neighbouring Sabi Sand. Quite large declines too

http://www.krugertimes.com/krugernews/wildebeest.htm

I have no knowledge as to WHY the numbers are dropping so drastically but I would think it is quite worrying. To note, as I said in the Wild Dogs thread, was that Wildebeest numbers have substantially dropped in Moremi Game Reserve to...I can send a link on that too if anyone wants.

I wonder if the reasons are similar?

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Re: Wildebeest

Unread postby DrPhil » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:11 am

I don't know if this might also be a reason for the decline but, there are much more elephants in the south or in the whole park for that matter than previously.

The over population of elephants might also have an impact on the Wildebeest numbers as they might feel there is not enough room for them to breed successfully.

Could it be that they are to stressed to breed? :hmz:
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