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Black Wildebeest

Black Wildebeest
Photographer: Derek Keats

Black Wildebeest
Photographer: Derek Keats

Black Wildebeest Range Map (South Africa)
Black Wildebeest Range Map (South Africa)

Latin Name Connochaetes gnou
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Southern Africa
Colour Dark Brown/Black
Length Up to 2 m (6.6 ft)
Tail - cm (- inches)
Weight 110 - 157 Kg (242.5 - 346 lbs)
Life Expectancy 20 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Black Wildebeest are dark brown/black in colour, they have a body length up to 2 m (6.6 ft) and they weight between 110 and 157 kgs (242.5 - 346 lbs).


Black Wildebeest inhabit the open grasslands and bushveld of southern Africa.


Wildebeest feed on a variety of grasses and shrubs.


After a gestation period of 8 - 8.5 months, Black Wildebeest give birth to a single calf. All wildebeest give birth 2 - 3 weeks before the rainy season and within 15 minutes of being born, a youngster is able to stand.

When the calf reaches 4 months old they are weaned, although sometimes they will suckle until they are a year old. Females reach sexual maturity at 1.5 - 2.5 years of age, while males reach sexual maturity at 3 - 4 years of age.



There are no subspecies of the Black Wildebeest:

Interesting Facts

Black Wildebeest are also known as:
White-tailed Gnu

Similar Animals

Blue Wildebeest


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