Black wildebeest

Smaller and rarer than Blue wildebeest, sometimes sharing the same areas

Derek Keats

Like the closely related Blue wildebeest, they are constantly on the move, searching for new grazing lands. The famed Serengeti wildebeest make a migratory circle of almost 1500 kilometers (930 miles) every year, beginning right after the calves’ born season. They are relentless during early migration, and many calves are lost, injured, or killed –a natural check on their population.

The black wildebeest were almost entirely exterminated in the 19th century because of their hides and meat value. However, they were reintroduced into the wild from captive populations of the local farmers. Today, more than 18000 black wildebeest roam throughout South Africa – an extraordinary example of conservation success.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Botswana
2016
Introduced
Eswatini
2016
Reintroduced
Lesotho
2016
Reintroduced
Namibia
2016
Introduced
South Africa
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No