About Wildebeest

Wildebeest are from the same family as antelope and are also known as gnus. Wildebeest look like a horse or cow with a large elongated head and two horns. There are two species of wildebeest; the black wildebeest, or white-tailed gnu and the blue wildebeest, or brindled gnu. They are ungulates meaning they have hooves.

Because wildebeest are of least concern to conservationists, they are a popular game species in Africa. As well as this, they are common prey from larger carnivores such as crocodiles and lions. Because wildebeest are grazers they often have to compete with domestic livestock for food and many farmers consider them as pests. Nonetheless the wildebeest is a popular tourist attraction and an iconic species of Africa.

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