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Blue Wildebeest / Brindled Gnu (Connochaetes taurinus)
Adult blue wildebeest vary in color, from deep slate or bluish gray, through light gray to brown-gray. The main coat is slightly lighter in color than the underparts. Dark brown vertical bands mark the neck and forequarters, and from a distance may seem to be wrinkles in the skin. Young are born tawny brown, and begin to take on their adult coloration at 2 months of age. Both sexes possess horns. Extending outward to the side and then curving up and slightly inward, the horns may grow 1 to 1.3 feet (30 to 40 cm) in females and 2.7 feet (83 cm) in males. They are slightly broadened at th...
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Blue Gnu (Connochaetes taurinus)
The blue, or brindled, gnu is also known as the wildebeest. Like white-tailed gnus (Connochaetes gnou), blue gnus live in mixed herds of thirty to five hundred individuals. During the dry season, they congregate by the tens of thousands and migrate over hundreds of miles in search of water and food. They follow zebra herds, which graze on tall grasses, leaving the shorter grasses for gnus and other herbivores. During the mating season, the males try to isolate a small harem from the larger herd to increase their chances of mating without competition. Both sexes have curved ...