Despite their melancholy sounding name, there’s nothing sad or blue about the beautiful and interesting Blue Wildebeest – a common sight here at Nambiti Hills Private Game Reserve.
Wildebeest are able to cover large distances in search of the best resources, and we always find them on our game drives, stretching to all corners of the reserve. In fact, where there is grass, there are Blue Wildebeest. And if they’re not grazing in herds, then they’re lazing around in an attempt to keep cool during the hot African summers.
As a lion’s main source of food, and because they exist in such large herds and are easy targets, Blue Wildebeest are always on high alert. So it makes sense then, that they have one of the most solid family units – the breeding females and young calves stick together in what is called the ‘breeding herd’, while the dominant male keeps his herd fed, strong and safe from predators.
At a young age, male bulls are actually kicked out of the breeding herd by the dominant bull, who ‘owns’ the land his herd resides on – usually the best area in town. He is the strongest and healthiest of the herd, with an uncanny ability to attract females roaming around him, keeping them in his area and mating with them – all part of nature’s plan to ensure only the strong and healthy genes are passed on to the next generation of Blue Wildebeest.
They’re definitely an interesting herd to watch. So, the next time you join us for an exciting wild African adventure at Nambiti Hills, we’ll get up close and personal with the Blue Wildebeest and learn more about their way of life.