Connchaetes taurinus

About the Wildebeest

The blue wildebeest (also known as the brindled gnu) is a large antelope species from the African savannah that occur in massive migratory herds and can travel vast distances in search of fresh grass. Migration, territoriality, mating and calving is mainly directed by the seasonal changes. The mating season or rut coincides with the end of the rainy season, when the animals are in best condition. At this time, males from the age of 4-5 years become extremely territorial and compete with each other over the right to mate. When doing so the bulls are the noisiest and most aggressive antelope of the African plains. The calves are born after a gestation period of about 8.5 months and pregnant cows congregate in hundreds to give birth. Within an average of 6 minutes the newborns are up on their feet and follow the mother. Wildebeest are a common prey species for the savannah predators like lions and hyenas.

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Wildebeest are also called Gnu

Their migration follows the rain, along with Zebra and buffalo this huge mass of animals benefit from the fresh grazing but having all those eyes and ears is good for spotting predators.

Wildebeest are grazing antelope and part of a range of African plains species which form how the open savannah looks.

Wildebeest are found in Southern Africa. The mass migration is dependent on having large areas of land connected.

Although listed as least concern the future for wildebeest is not secure. Encroaching human settlements and linking areas that cross the wildebeest migratory paths are a major threat to the survival of this species.



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