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Blue Wildebeest

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Continent: Africa
Habitat: Plains, savannah, dense bush and woody floodplains
Weight and Height: 198kg, 115-145cm
Diet: Herbivore (eats plants, mostly short grasses)
Gestation: 8 months
Number of Young: 1



  • Give birth together to reduce predation on individual calves.
  • Form some of the largest migrations of all antelopes.
  • Migrating herds have no constant relationships except those between mother and offspring, while stationary herds are stable at around 10 females and their young.
  • Young males are chased out by territorial males by the time they are one year old, and join bachelor herds until they eventually become territorial and solitary at 3-4 years old.

Blue Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus

Animals, Mammals, Artiodactyla (Even-toed ungulate), Bovidae (cloven hoof ruminants)

The Blue Wildebeest is a species of large antelope that lives in herds in southern Africa. It is closely related to the black wildebeest and has 5 subspecies: the eastern white-bearded wildebeest, western white-bearded wildebeest, Cookson’s wildebeest, Nyassaland wildebeest and the blue wildebeest (The orginally named subspecies, also known as the common wildebeest or brindled gnu).

Many populations of blue wildebeest take part in large migration events with other species such as zebra, to move to areas with more nutritious plants and more water when their current area becomes too arid. Some populations, however, stay in the same area, and tend to stay in smaller but more constant herds.

The blue wildebeest is described as ‘Low Concern’ as although it has lower numbers than in past past due to agriculture, population levels are stable.

Habitat: Inhabit a wide variety of areas, including plains, savannah, dense bush and woody floodplains.

Vital Statistics: 
–Average weight: 198kg
–Average height: 115-145cm

Life Expectancy:
In the wild up to: 20 years
In captivity up to: 24 years

Diet: Eats grasses and occasionally leaves if necessary.

Distribution: Eastern and southern Africa