It was the most heavenly site at the zoo last week. The zoo staff witnessed the birth of two beautiful and healthy wildebeest calves. The male calf was born on 15th June early in the morning where as the female calf was born on 16th June. The veterinary team examined the two newborns and declared them absolutely healthy and safe. The babies are in the African Savanna zone currently with their mothers. The African Savanna zone of Khao Kheow Open Zoo currently shelters 5 wildebeest comprising of 2 males and 3 females.
Mr. Suriya Saengpong, Director of the Khao Kheow Open Zoo along with his staff was elated to welcome these bundles of joy. Usually the wildebeest is found mainly in the central and Eastern parts of Africa. It is a large animal falling in the category of cattle but the only one probably undomesticated by man yet. The mammal lives in packs of 80-100 in the wild.Their migration is a big story in the wildlife fraternity and a topic for several wildlife documentaries. In the migrating season millions of wildebeest cross the longest route of Masai Mara River while facing enemies, such as lions, leopards, hyenas and crocodiles, along the way. It truly is a battle for survival and a brilliant spectacular of nature. They usually start mating when the female wildebeest is 3 years of age and the male 4 years and have a life expectancy of 20-25 years in the wild.
The JTTJ team congratulates and prays for the good health of the newborns.