as you can see in the last post, the wildebeest are often accompanied by zebras; and if i’d been on this safari while i was in high school, i’d have majored in zoology at college and studied them. in addition to looking really fabulous – according to wikipedia, it really is white stripes and bellies on a black coat – they are remarkably social animals. they move in herds (“harems”, usually one stallion and 5-6 mares) by themselves, but they also accompany other foragers on their travels. we frequently saw lines of wildebeest plodding across the plain with a few zebras standing lookout:
they’re also very vocal – we heard them whinnying and barking all night long. not the noise i’d expected them to make.
|look at that face.||one theory is that the stripes serve as camouflage.||which body does the head go with?|
|honestly, these guys will hang out with anyone.|
again, i could post a hundred photos of zebras, but i’ll do that later.