Blue Wildebeest in Tanzania

Blue wildebeest in Swahili: nyumbu (Connochaetes taurinus)

Shoulder height: 130–150 cm; weight: 180–250 kg. This rather ungainly antelope, also called the brindled gnu, is easily recognised by its dark coat and bovine appearance. The superficially similar buffalo is far more heavily built. Immense herds of blue wildebeest occur on the Serengeti Plains, where the annual migration of more than a million heading into Kenya’s Maasai Mara forms one of Africa’s great natural spectacles. There are also significant wildebeest populations in the Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire.

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