Black wildebeest

Swartwildebees

Connochaetes gnou

Commonly seen on the open grasslands of the Freestate Province lately, this “clown of the plains” was saved from the brink of extinction during the previous century.  Their numbers are now said the be around 14000, hunted hard, yet still fast on the increase.

Popular with trophy hunters, but not so with biltong hunters, since they produce "more head than body", so to speak.  Also known as “the poor man’s buffalo”, with its hairy face and mean looks.  The bull has heavier horns and a closer boss, but cows also make impressive trophies.

Did you know?

The white tailed gnu is called that from the sound it makes (similar to blue wildebeest).

The long white tail makes a nice looking fly swatter!

This animal is endemic to South Africa.