Wildebeest release – April 2011

This month, more than 100 wildebeest have been released onto Pidwa. The animals came in two truck loads, first of all 49 of them and then another 56 the following day. On arrival, the truck was guided in through the gate and to the northern plains. Here the team set about work to assemble the off-loading ramp and place it in position, up against the trucks side. It always take s a while to persuade the animals to leave the truck, probably not helped in this instance by the vocalising lions early one morning! All animals were eventually off-loaded and ran away swiftly into their new habitat.

The new additions will help re-stock the slightly low wildebeest numbers on the reserve and also introduce new genes to the genetic pool of the current population

© Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme

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