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The Black Wildebeest or White-Tailed Gnu (Connochaetes gnou) is a large African ungulate featured in the Standard Edition of Planet Zoo.

Zoopedia Description[]

General[]

Population in the Wild: 18,000

The black wildebeest (or Connochaetes gnou) is a large ungulate species native to Southern Africa, also known as the 'gnu' after the distinctive noise they make when alarmed. The species is recognisable by a brown-black coat and L-shaped horns, and males can be distinguished from females due to their darker colour and larger size. Both sexes have thick, bushy manes and a long horse-like tail, measuring between 1.7 and 2.2m long, 1.06 to 1.21m tall at the shoulder, and weighing 120 to 193kg.

While black wildebeest are not currently endangered, they were almost hunted to extinction in the late 1800s, targeted for their meat and leather, as well as for sport. Because they fed in the same areas as grazing livestock, to whom they could spread diseases, they were also considered pests. Thanks to reintroduction from captive populations, black wildebeest are increasing in number, expanding their range, and are no longer endangered.

Social[]

Black wildebeest live in large herds comprised of groups of related females and their young offspring; bachelor herds of young males; and dominant bulls who establish territory in the foraging grounds, guarding females moving through his range.

Reproduction[]

During the breeding season, dominant bulls will search for receptive females on his territory by smelling their urine, who will then allow him to approach and mate with them. A pregnancy lasts for 8.5 months before the female gives birth to a single calf, which will remain close to its mother for a year, until she gives birth to her next calf. Yearling males leave and join a bachelor herds, whereas females remain with their natal herd.

Animal Care[]

PREFERRED OBJECTS

Hay · Herbivore Pellets · Fruit and Vegetables

FEEDING STATIONS
Food Trough · Water Pipe · Water Trough · Water Bowl

FOOD ENRICHMENT
Hanging Grazer Feeder · Grazing Ball Feeder · Small Barrel Feeder

HABITAT ENRICHMENT
Rubbing Pillar · Large Ball · Grab Ball · Herb Scent Marker · Large Snow Ball · Scots Pine/Tamarind Scratching Tree

COMPATIBLE ANIMALS

IconAfricanBuffalo IconBlueWildebeest IconCommonOstrich IconCommonWarthog IconPlainsZebra IconReticulatedGiraffe IconSableAntelope IconSouthernWhiteRhinoceros IconSpringbok IconThomsonsGazelle

Trivia[]

Zoopedia Fun Facts[]

  1. The horns of the black wildebeest are significantly larger and heavier than those of the common wildebeest.
  2. Both male and female wildebeest have horns, but the males' horns are longer and thicker than the females'.
  3. During the mating season, dominant male wildebeests do not eat or sleep as they are so intent on mating and defending their mates from rival males.
  4. Black wildebeest can run up to 50mph when running from predators such as lions and hyenas.
  5. Female groups of black wildebeest are strongly bonded and will be hostile to unknown females trying to join their group.

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Image Gallery[]

ANIMAL NAVIGATION
STANDARD: HABITAT
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ANNIVERSARY UPDATES
Black-and-White Ruffed LemurCollared PeccaryRed Deer
STANDARD: EXHIBIT
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DELUXE EDITION
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ARCTIC PACK
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SOUTH AMERICA PACK
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AUSTRALIA PACK
DingoKoalaRed KangarooSouthern CassowaryEastern Blue Tongued Lizard
AQUATIC PACK
Cuvier's Dwarf CaimanGiant OtterGrey SealKing PenguinDiamondback Terrapin
SOUTHEAST ASIA ANIMAL PACK
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AFRICA PACK
African PenguinFennec FoxMeerkatSouthern White RhinocerosSacred Scarab Beetle
NORTH AMERICA ANIMAL PACK
American AlligatorArctic FoxBlack-Tailed Prairie DogCalifornia Sea LionCougarMooseNorth American BeaverAmerican Bullfrog
EUROPE PACK
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WETLANDS ANIMAL PACK
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CONSERVATION PACK
Amur LeopardAxolotlPrzewalski's HorseScimitar-Horned OryxSiamang
TWILIGHT PACK
Common WombatEgyptian Fruit BatRaccoonRed FoxStriped Skunk
GRASSLANDS ANIMAL PACK
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TROPICAL PACK
Asian Water MonitorBrown-throated SlothFossaLar GibbonRed River Hog
ARID ANIMAL PACK
AddaxAfrican Crested PorcupineBlack RhinocerosDama GazelleDesert Horned ViperDromedary CamelSand CatSomali Wild Ass
OCEANIA PACK
Little PenguinNorth Island Brown KiwiQuokkaSpectacled Flying FoxTasmanian Devil
EURASIA ANIMAL PACK
Hermann's TortoiseMute SwanSaigaSloth BearTakinWild BoarWisentWolverine
BARNYARD ANIMAL PACK
AlpacaAlpine GoatAmerican Standard DonkeyHighland CattleHill Radnor SheepSussex ChickenTamworth Pig
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