Wildebeest {Connochaetes Gnou}

South Africa Wildlife

Wildebeest {Connochaetes Gnou}

The Wldebeest
The Wldebeest

The wildebeest roams the open grasslands of South Africa in large herds of up to 50. It always remains close to water supplies, grazing in the morning and late afternoon, and resting in the hot sun in between.

The head of the wildebeest is large and box-like. Both males and females have curving horns, that are close together at the base, but curve outward, inward and slightly backward. The body looks disproportionate, as the front end is heavily built, the hindquarters slender and the legs spindly. The wildebeest is gray with darker vertical stripes that look almost black from a distance.

Quick Facts

Size: Stands 50 to 58 inches at the shoulder
Weight: Between 300 and 400 pounds.

Lifespan: Approximately 20 years.
Diet: Strictly grazers, wildebeest prefer short grass. They are unable to go without water for more than a few days.
Breeding: Females give birth to one calf at a time.

The Wldebeest
The Wldebeest
Socialisation: Wildebeest are continually on the move as they look for supplies of grass and water. Active both day and night, they have a tendency to string out in long single columns when on the move. They cover long distances at a slow rocking gallop but can run fast when necessary.

During mating season smaller breeding groups of about 150 animals form within the massive herds. In these small groups, five or six of the most active bulls establish and defend territories that females wander through. The bulls perform antics, galloping and bucking around their territories. They paw the ground and rub their heads on it, spreading secretions. They also urinate and daefecate in a certain spot and toll in it to signal to other bulls to stay away

Predators: Large cats, hyenas and wild dogs.

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