Seasonal plains and open woodlands of southern Africa.
Black wildebeest are predominantly grazers, preferring short grasses, but also feeding on other herbs and shrubs, especially when grass is scarce.
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.
Black wildebeest are mainly active during the early morning and late afternoon, preferring to rest during the hottest part of the day.
This species only breeds once in a year. The gestational period lasts for about 8.5 months, after which a single calf is born.
Threats to this animal include hunting and habitat loss. 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 southern 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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