Blue Wildebeest - Connochaetes taurinus

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Afrikaans Blouwildebees Zulu Nkhonhoni Tswana Kgokong Shangaan Hongonyi Shona Ngongoni
R.W. Min 28" Max 33"
S.C.I Min 70" Max 99" Measurement Method 11

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Tracks
F 7cm
H 6 cm

Distribution Dung
2 cm
Pointed at one end and blunt on the other
Deposited in middens

Visible Male/Female Differences

The horns of males are heavier than those of females and grow from a much heavier boss,  usually extending further sideways than their ears. The penis sheath is visible in males.

Habitat and Distribution

Open bushveld and grassland. They are seldom found more than 15 km from water where migration is not possible. Does not occur in large numbers where the winters are cold and are very widely translocated.

Diet

A unselective grazer which prefers fresh growth less than 10- 15 cm high. They can survives without water by eating wild melons.

Reproduction

Gestation is 250 days and births are synchronized, with a sharp peak to saturate predation. Birth weight 22 kg, young is weaned at 8 months, but up to 16 months if the mother loses her next calf. Females have their first calf at two years and breed annually, moving out of the herd to give birth. Calves can stand right after birth, run within 5 minutes and can keep up with the herd within a day. Lifespan 15 years.

Behavior and Habits

Most active during the day. They avoids the midday heat by standing or resting in shade, especially if water is not available. If no shade is available stands to face the breeze. Half of the time spent grazing is after dark. They drink water daily if it is available and do not mind  muddy water. They are often seen grazing with Burchell's zebra

Dung and Field Sign

Pellets of 2 cm, pointed at one end and blunt on the other; sometimes deposited in middens on trampled, bare patches in territories.

 



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