It’s set in family Bovidae and the genus Connochaetes and has a close taxonomic relationship with the black wildebeest. The blue wildebeest is understood to have five subspecies. This broad shouldered antelope has a muscle, front-heavy look, with a distinguishing muzzle that is strong. The grownups’ colours range from a strong slate or bluish grey to light grey or even grayish brown. Both sexes possess a pair of big curved horns.
The blue wildebeest is a herbivore, feeding mostly on the short grasses. It forms herds which move about the creatures, in loose aggregations being exceptionally cautious and swift runners. The mating season starts at the end of the rainy season and just one calf is born after a gestational period of about eight. The calf stays with its mother for eight months, after which time it joins a herd that is juvenile. Blue wildebeest are seen in short grass plains bordering bush-covered acacia savannas in eastern and southern Africa, flourishing in places that are neither too wet nor too dry. Annually, some East African populations of blue wildebeest take part in a long distance migration, apparently timed to coincide with local patterns of grass growing and rain.
The blue wildebeest is native to Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa. Although it’s extinct in Malawi, but has been reintroduced in Namibia. The blue wildebeest is prevalent and is being introduced into reserves, private game farms and conservancies.
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