You can find our herd of black wildebeest over in the African Savannah, along with our Chapman’s zebra and nyala.
Native to southern Africa, black wildebeest inhabit open plains, grasslands and Karoo shrublands in steep and mountainous regions.
They are herbivores and predominantly graze on short grasses, however they will also feed on other herbs and shrubs, especially when grass is scarce.
Back in the 19th century, black wildebeest were almost extinct due to their reputation of being pests and through hunting. Now they are protected in game reserves in their native southern Africa, and zoos worldwide have contributed towards the population.
However, they do still face the threat of hybridisation with the blue wildebeest, which can happen when the two species live on the same fenced land.