Black Wildebeest

INTRODUCTION

These odd looking antelope were almost exterminated by white settlers, who viewed them as pests, and also valued their tails which were used as fly swats. No truly wild white-tailed gnus survive today – all are descended from captive individuals, and those in their native habitat are kept on game farms. We are the third zoo in the UK to currently hold this species. Our Male arrived from Newquay Zoo and the Female from Marwell Wildlife Park. They were both born in 2010. We celebrated the arrival of their baby who was born in April 2015.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Connochaetes gnou

Status:

Least concern

Size:

1.5 to 2.4 metres

Weight:

120 to 275kg

Life Span in Wild:

20 years

Habitat:

Open Plains Grasslands

Diet:

Herbivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Grasses, bushes and shrubs

Where Do I Live?

East and South Africa

Do I Have Any Predators?

Lions, Cheetahs, Hyenas, Leopards, African Wild Dogs

How Do I Live?

Diurnal. Lives in large mixed sex herds

Why Am I Endangered?

Previously, the main threat to this species was hunting pressure and habitat loss. However, now that the species has recovered and numbers are increasing, the only significant threat is the problem of hybridization with the Common Wildebeest

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