With its large head, shaggy mane, pointed beard, curved horns, one can understand why they are called “wild beasts”.
The blue wildebeest seems as if it was assembled by the spare parts of other African animals. The hind quarters from a hyena, forequarters from an eland and a tail from a zebra. One can appreciate why they are known as the clowns of the bush. The blue Wildebeest gets its name from its silvery-blue sheen coat.
More than 100 blue wildebeest will be released onto Gondwana Game Reserve this winter period along with a few other surprise species. The first herd of 60 animals arrived yesterday on two separate trucks. The trucks were lined up to the offloading ramp where the crate doors were opened. The blue wildebeest hastily exited the truck to explore their new territory on the central plains of the reserve.
As if they had forgotten that they come from elsewhere, the herds have rapidly settled in and immediately started grazing on the plains. The addition of blue wildebeest on the reserve will improve the game viewing experience on Gondwana for guests by giving them one more magnificent species to view.
Gondwana is currently home to black Wildebeest who are endemic to Southern Africa and are smaller in size than the Blue Wildebeest. Despite their name they are in fact brown in colour and not black.