Busch Gardens Tampa is excited to welcome another baby wildebeest this year. The male was born on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 with the assistance of the animal care team during delivery. Within 24 hours, both the calf and mother were successfully reintroduced to their own herd and welcomed right away.
The gestation period for wildebeest is between 8-9 months and calves will nurse for most of the first year, following their mothers as they move with the herd.


The healthy baby wildebeest is now reaching playful milestones on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain as he explores his environment and learns to play and run with his herd. Within minutes, baby wildebeests can run at full speed and keep up with the others. This trait helps preventing predation in the wild.

Check out some of the playfulness that is happening on the park's Serengeti Plain in this adorable video:


White-bearded wildebeest are native to Kenya and Tanzania in eastern Africa, and adults can weigh as much as 600 pounds for males and 500 pounds for females. Busch Gardens’ guests can see the baby and the rest of the wildebeest herd on the Serengeti Express Railway or by booking a Serengeti Safari.

Busch Gardens' annual pass gives Guests unlimited access to the park with free parking, exclusive discounts, monthly rewards, and more. Be sure to visit buschgardens.com for more information. 

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