Wild Sons of the Savannah, grumpy and seriously hilarious
A few months on the fertile volcanic soil near the Ngorongoro Crater have made the wildebeest healthy and strong. They have moved on towards the Grumeti river. By now temperatures are rising and dust filles the air. Feeling good, the males want to show off their strength and court the females. Hoping to win a girl-gnu for their harem, the wildebeest “flirt” by grunting and jumping wildly, leaving behind a seductive scent. Due to the migration, the wildebeest do not form a permanent bond with a partner. During the mating season, called rut, the male wildebeest establish temporary territories. These small territories are about 3000 square meters, with up to 300 territories in a square kilometer. The males defend these from other males, while trying to attract females that are ready to mate. The mating season usually occurs between May and July. Gestation is about 8 to 9 months, therefore, birthing will take place between January and March, at the start of the wet season. The wildebeest males are grumpy and seriously hilarious at times of mating.