Seasonal plains and open woodlands of South Africa.
Grass and scrub
The black wildebeest, otherwise known as a white tailed gnu, inhabits the seasonal plains and open woodlands of South Africa which they migrate across, forming large ‘super herds’ with other species including zebra, elephants, antelope and gazelles.
Threats to this animal include hunting and habitat loss. Natural predators include lions.
Wild herds of black wildebeest were nearly extinct a hundred years ago through over hunting. Now they are protected in game reserves in their native South Africa, and zoos worldwide have contributed to the population.
- Latin Name: Connochaetes gnou
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Artiodactyla
- Family: Bovidae
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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