Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) are great migrators, with thousands migrating all at once in search of food. They can sense thunderstorms from a distance of 30 miles away and will follow the rain across their range. They live in herds and will create an impressive stampede to discourage predators.
Wildebeest are herbivores, eating grasses and leaves. They may travel as much as 1,000 miles per year in search of food.
Eastern and southern Africa.
Although rated as species of “Least Concern,” wildebeest populations are declining as habitats are reduced and restricted. The construction of fences, for example, restricts the traditional expansive migration patterns of wildebeest.
Wildebeest are a type of large antelope that can weigh up to 500 pounds and live an average of 20 years.