The highs and lows of Conrad’s first year in the Serengeti and Masai Mara

17 April 2015
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On this day exactly 12 months ago, HerdTracker’s very own tweeting wildebeest, Conrad, was born!

In celebration of Conrad's first year in the African wilderness, we've handpicked a selection of tweets - the highs and the lows of his journey with the migration through the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

Welcome to the world Conrad!

Every journey has a starting point. Conrad's began here. This was his very first tweet.

Most wildebeest calves are born in Ndutu during the months of February into March, a time was also known as the calving season. Conrad however, was born a bit late. Maybe that's why he's so special!

Learning to walk for the very first time

Wildebeest calves learn to walk just minutes after birth and in a couple of days, they're able to keep up with the herd. Conrad found it a little difficult though.

First predator encounter

Predators such as lion, leopard and cheetah love preying on the vulnerable newborn wildebeest calves. Luckily for Conrad, he came out unscathed.

Conrad's first river crossing: The Grumeti River

The Grumeti River is home to some of the biggest Nile crocodiles in Africa. However, the water levels there aren't high enough for the hungry crocodiles to take advantage of inexperienced 'river-crossers' like Conrad.

The rut begins

As the wildebeest migration continued to head north towards the Mara River, the rut began - a time where the wildebeest begin to mate.

Conrad was a little too young to understand what it was back then, but will all that change this year? Keep your eyes on @HerdTracker to find out more.

Crossing the Mara River

July and August marks the start of the Mara River crossings, a time where the wildebeest migration will risk it all for the lush, green grass and fresh water in the Masai Mara. The build-up to the Mara River crossings made Conrad a little nervous, but he mustered up the courage and successfully made it across. However, it wasn't short of drama!

Relaxing on the Posee Plains

After a gruelling month of Mara River crossings, Conrad and the rest of the wildebeest herds were rewarded with the fresh green grass of the Posee Plains in the Masai Mara.

Visiting Turner’s Spring for the first time

In search of better water and grass, the herds started to make their way back into the Serengeti.

Arriving at Lake Ndutu

As the wildebeest herds returned to Ndutu, Conrad visited Lake Ndutu for the first time.

The arrival of an albino wildebeest

With calving season in full swing in Ndutu once more, Conrad managed to spot a rare albino wildebeest calf!

Follow Conrad on Twitter

Want to know what's in store for Conrad this year? Follow him on Twitter for all the latest updates of his exciting adventure with the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

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