Blue Wildebeest

 

Blue Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus
Shoulder height: 135 - 150cm (54 - 60in.)
Body weight: 180 - 270kg (396 - 594lb.)
Pregnancy : 8 months(November to February)
Number of young: 1 / 2
Female with horns
Abundant

Africa can never be truly Africa without its wildebeest.  Witnessing their annual migrations in the wild parts of Africa, comprising thousands of animals, dotting the outstretched savanna is a sight never to be forgotten.  For food and water they search.  And, once the rain has come and the energy from the green grass has given new life, the wildebeest bull will again drop to its knees... to fight off the wild dogs that threaten the calves.  Challenging fate, blue wildebeest will boldly face danger, tossing their heads threateningly and snorting in disgust, but only to flee so often too late.  But vicious they can really be!  When wounded, the old bull may charge fiercely, snorting loudly and goring those not quick enough to escape the sweep of his horns.