Wildebeest - Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa

Most nature followers have heard of or seen (at least on film) one of the most amazing migrations of wildlife in the world - that of the wildebeest in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. It is often referred to as one of the "Seven New Wonders of the World", where over two million animals travel about 500 miles on their annual trek looking for grass and water when the Serengeti dries out.

While we were not in Tanzania, we were able to spot quite a number of wildebeest on our safari in South Africa, although not nearly anything close to two million (maybe 100 for the trip). Wildebeest are actually gnus and are strange looking animals. Many of our guides made jokes about how they were made with leftover parts of other animals. While I don't remember all of the parts that supposedly make up a wildebeest, here is what I remember: it's head is from a ox, it's mane is from a horse and it's horns are from a buffalo. In any case, this is one we spotted one evening in Pilanesberg National Park.