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.
(*Plop*) Hello world! Am I glad to be out of there! Wait...what are those things? Where am I? What am I? #CryingLikeABabyWildebeest— Tweeting Wildebeest (@HerdTracker) April 17, 2014
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.
(*Fall*) This walking business is more difficult than how it looks. I have no idea how all these wildebeest do it so easily!!! #WobblyLegs— Tweeting Wildebeest (@HerdTracker) April 19, 2014
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 fun part of crossing the Grumeti River is splashing in the water to get to the other side. The downside? Huge crocodile’s. #MassiveCrocs— Tweeting Wildebeest (@HerdTracker) May 15, 2014
I made it! I’ve crossed the Grumeti River! Whoohoo! Mom is also behind me, with Uncle Willy & Storm. What a rush! #Adrenaline— Tweeting Wildebeest (@HerdTracker) May 18, 2014
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.
I'm at Turner's Spring. It's situated in the heart of the Central Serengeti in a thicket of bushes & acacia trees. pic.twitter.com/f53Sp0GWf3— Tweeting Wildebeest (@HerdTracker) October 13, 2014
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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