The White-Bearded Gnu (Connochaetes taurinus albojubatus) is a large, horned herbivorous (grass-eating) African wildebeest in the antelope, goat, and cattle family.
Connos means beard; chaetus means flowing hair; taurinus means bull-like; and albojubatus means white-bearded. This equals ‘bull-like animal with a flowing white beard.’
It is also an ungulate mammal because it is hoofed.
It lives in herds on the grassy plains of southern Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia, near water.
The White-Bearded Gnu can grow to an average 1.3 metres (4 feet) at the shoulder.
They can run up to 65 kilometres per hour (40 miles per hour). They are not really built for speed – they are built to wrestle. They are the wrestlers of the plains.
Females are ready to mate when they are 12-18 months old, and males are ready to mate when they are about 4-5 years old. Females are pregnant for 8.5 months.
They live for about 20 years in the wild and have predators such as lions, cheetahs, and hyenas.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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