Blue Wildebeest

Description and Identification :


Shoulder height:                     Males                       1,5 m

                                              Females                       1,3 m


Body mass:                               Males                       250 kg

                                              Females                        80 kg


  • Sault males    –dark grey with a silvery sheen
  • Dark colored bars    – neck , shoulders and extending back to the mid –body – brindled appearance
  • Mane of long black hair    –droops over the shoulders
  • Long whisk of black hair   –on the tail
  • Fringe of black hair down the middle of the throat
  • The sides of the face are grayish, sometimes tinged russet
  • Blue Gnu adult males have a patch of russet colored hair on the forehead
  • Bodies of the females and juveniles are browner than those of the adult males
  • And the russet on the forehead is more extensive


Social Behavior :

  • Blue Gnu herds- 10 to 30 or 100 individuals
  • Territorial males / bachelor groups / female herds
  • Blue gnu Bulls round up harem herds
  • Bawling and grunting occurs before fighting
  • Strange bulls are usually rejected
  • Adult males and young males compromise the bachelor group
  • Nomadic territories are marked by scent
  • females   –snort and low
  • Calves bleat or low grount
  • Protection is sought through forming groups

 

Source: J D Skinner an R H N Smithers: mammals of the southern african subregion;  Hunting School-Seminar Study Namibia

 

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Quelle: Wild und Hund, Treffpunkt Afrika, Ideales Abkommen auf häufig bejagte Wildarten
Quelle: Wild und Hund, Treffpunkt Afrika, Ideales Abkommen auf häufig bejagte Wildarten