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 COMMON NAME
Blue Wildebeest
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Connochaetes taurinus
(Burchell,1823)
Wildebeest are gregarious animals, concentrating in herds of up to a few thousand individuals, if conditions are propitious. There is no stable social groupings in the herd.
Adult bulls establish their own territories within the herd, where they try to retain the cows and their calves. Fights amongst adult bulls consist mainly in a lot of pushing, each contender on his knees, not causing any body harm at all.
Young Wildebeest are evicted from the breeding herds at the age of 12 months, forming "bachelor groups" of up to 40 individuals.
Wildebeest at Waterhole
Wildlife Picture taken in the Kruger National Park
 
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