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Willy Wildebeest

‘Habari’ and welcome to my page! I am Willy and I’m a wildebeest. Zeb and Oki joined me in Tanzania where I showed them lots of exciting sights, such as the huge Ngorongoro Crater that formed after a volcano erupted.

To learn a bit more about myself and other wildebeest, here are five fun facts below. I’ve also made a puzzle for you, and finally there’s a lovely colouring sheet of Zeb, Oki and myself on a boat in the Selous Game Reserve.

Five Fun Facts about Willy and wildebeests:

  • Willy is a blue wildebeest. Wildebeest come in two species – blue and black. Blue wildebeest are blue-ish rather than true blue and tend to be blue-ish grey, brown-ish grey, or, like Willy, a rather smart shade of slate!
  • Wildebeest are also called gnu. The “g” is silent in this word, so it sounds a bit like “new”. Once Zeb asked Willy, “What’s new?”, and Willy thought Zeb was asking about wildebeest! Willy laughed and laughed when he realised his mistake!
  • Most people know about wildebeest because of the famous Great Migration, when hundreds of thousands of blue wildebeest move around Tanzania and Kenya in search of food! Black wildebeest are described as “nomadic”, which means they wander around rather than following a particular route.
  • The wildebeest mating season is called the “rut”. Male wildebeests, called “bulls”, set up their own territories from May to July and attract wildebeest cows by standing up very tall and shouting “Ga-noo!” Perhaps they mean “Gnu!” Blue wildebeest calves are born from January to March, while the herds are grazing on the Serengeti’s southern plains.
  • Wildebeests often graze with zebras. This is because zebras like the upper part of the grass and wildebeests like the lower part. So it makes sense for the two species to eat together on the plains!