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Published on March 13, 2009

Author: mrsheatonsclass

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:  Wildebeests By: Titus Why I picked this animal? : Why I picked this animal? I picked this animal because when I was little I heard of them in a movie called the LION KING and I wanted to learn more about them. Description : Description Description : Description Wildebeest are warm blooded vertebrates They have large humped shoulders and hindquarters which slope downward. Both male and female have horns Adaptations : Adaptations They can run with the herd shortly after birth, which saves them from being eaten by predators. They have horns that help defend them They’re large herd animals that travel in packs that protect them. One day old wildebeest Habitat : Habitat GENERAL HABITAT INFORMATION : GENERAL HABITAT INFORMATION They live in Central, Southern, and Eastern Africa particularly the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya Their normal habitat is the open grassy plains and the lightly wooded open savanna. TEMPERATURES : TEMPERATURES Wildebeest can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. They are warm blooded vertebrate mammals. They will not be found in extreme cold places as they are not designed for survival in these climates. Water : Water They are unable to go without water for more than a few days. They are very water-dependent, needing to drink almost daily. They will drink during the heat of the day when predators are less active. Water Plant Life : Plant Life The wildebeest lives in plains and open woodland, where it eats short sweet grass. If there is a supply of fresh green grass, they remain in the same area all year. Animal Life : Animal Life They migrate with zebras and gazelles to fresh lands. Predators of the wildebeests include the lion, crocodile, and the hyena. They compete for resources with other plant eating animals like elephants and giraffes. Sensory Organs : Sensory Organs Sight : Sight Wildebeests have excellent eyesight They use their eyes to spot danger and to search for food They use their sense of sight to survive in their environment Smell : Smell Wildebeest’s have a good sense of smell They are herd animals who rely on each other’s sense of smell to avoid predators and find food. Hearing : Hearing Wildebeests have excellent hearing. They communicate through sounds Their sounds alert the herd to dangers Taste : Taste It is not known if wildebeests have taste buds. They eat fresh vegetation They will move to locations with enough food to feed their herd. Touch : Touch They use their touch to get around in new territory. They use their sense of touch to communicate with their young They also use touch to group together to escape danger. Food and Life Cycle : Food and Life Cycle Life Cycle : Life Cycle 90% of all calves are born within a 3 week period Females give birth to a single calf that can stand 5 minutes after birth Young males are evicted from the herd at 2 years of age. Wildebeests can live to be 20 years old. Food Chain : Food Chain The sun makes the grass The wildebeest eats the grass The lion eats the wildebeest The hunter shoots the lion INTERESTING FACTS : INTERESTING FACTS Interesting Fact #1 : Interesting Fact #1 Wildebeest are members of the antelope family. Antelope Wildebeest Interesting Fact #2 : Interesting Fact #2 Although it looks frightening, the horned wildebeest is neither aggressive nor dangerous. Interesting Fact #3 : Interesting Fact #3 Wildebeest live in a herd of up to 100 animals. Interesting Fact #4 : Interesting Fact #4 Almost all calves are born within a few days of one another, this ensures that most of them will survive the threat of predators. Resources : Resources http://www.wonderclub.com/Wildlife/mammals/wildebeest.htm http://www.cruisersafaris.com/animals/blu_wildebeest.htm http://www.ask.com http://www.wonderclub.com/Wildlife/mammals/wildebeest.htm http://www.scientificpsychic.com/workbook/chapter2.htm http://africacentre.org/interesting_facts_about_african.htm http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/wildebeest.html http://www.antelopetag.com/assets/docs/Antelope/Common%20Wildebeest.pdf The End : The End Got to go!

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