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Black Wildbeest
zoogiraffe, 13 Jun 2014
    • Communityzoo
      Were there more than these two, and do you know the sex of these animals?
    • Pertinax
      Not a direct answer but they initially had one each born at Newquay and Marwell. One died and was replaced with another from one of the above ( can't remember/never knew which). I presume they still only have a pair and are 1.1.
    • IanRRobinson
      How I wish this species was kept at Whipsnade.
    • Pertinax
      Me too. A Wildebeest species- preferably this one but any would do, would IMO complete the modest 'revamp' of ungulate species that has occurred recently. I'm a realist so I don't expect them ever to exhibit the enormous range they once had, but to see Wildebeest there again would be nice.
    • bongorob
      This was on the day of my first sighting of this species since Blackpool Zoo in April 1974. 40 years ago.
    • Pertinax
      Its a bit sad to see just pairs of these animals standing quietly in small paddocks or hardstands. Ideally a larger group galloping around a big area would be far more eyecatching- cue Whipsnade's large paddocks!
    • bongorob
      They had a lot of room.
    • Pertinax
      Yes, not doubting that but I think it is the number that dictates the exhibit value- a big group being more interesting than just two.
    • Nanook
      Absolutely, this species is a definate candidate for social enrichment ie; a herd species which naturally requires others to be content.
      When they were at Marwell they were never content in their single pair situation, though they did improve a little (mentally) when they bred obviously.
    • Bwassa
      They were. Right through to the 1960s. Not sure exactly when, without access to the right books/guides.
      Cue Tim May.......:)
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