Wildlife Photo: Blue Wildebeest

 

Blue Wildebeest

A Blue Wildebeest photographed in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

 

One of two species of wildebeest, the Blue Wildebeest is the more common species and is larger than the Black Wildebeest more commonly seen in South Africa.

To most people who go on safari in Africa, the wildebeest is considered an ugly animal, often overlooked after you see thousands upon thousands of them in places like the Serengeti or Maasai Mara.

Indeed, they’re not known for their good looks, but what they are famous for is the Great Migration in Africa. More than two million animals make up the migration, which also includes hundreds of thousands of zebras and gazelles,making it the largest land mammal migration in the world.

Even if you’re not there during the peak of migration time, wildebeest seem to be everywhere when you travel through Kenya and Tanzania, playing an important role in the food chain for predators such as lions, hyenas, leopards and crocodiles.

About Red Hunt

A former journalist and business analyst that now works in the world of travel marketing. Based in Toronto, Red Hunt has travelled to more than 40 countries over the past 10 years. You can follow Red on Twitter @redhunttravel.