DISTRIBUTION: South Africa, parts of Namibia and Botswana.
HABITAT: Found in open grass plains with water. Occurs in abundance in the Karoo areas of the northern, central and northeastern Cape Province. Independent of water.
HABITS: Grazers. Gregarious; female herds, bachelor herds and territorial males can be distinguished. A territorial male is closely attached to its territory throughout the year, marking it with urine and glandular excretions; it is the only male that mates. Female herds are allowed to pass freely through his territory. Threatening behavior involves pawing or horning the ground and kneeling, serious fights are rare. Herds are active early in the morning and late in the afternoon. They rest during the heat of the day and these resting periods become shorter during winter.
INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Also known as the White Tailed Gnu or to some as the "Clowns of Africa’", this is mostly due to the way in which they tend to run in circles when being approached. The most interesting fact about Black Wildebeest is their comeback from near extinction. It is noted that only 17 of these animals were left after being eradicated due to carrying Mucous Disease. A disease hosted by the Black Wildebeest but life threatening to Cattle. Today, they thrive in great numbers throughout the Cape Province.
Big Bulls are very territorial and will often return to their territory very shortly after being disturbed. When judging the trophy quality of the Black Wildebeest, its important to look at the size of the boss, the drop on the curl and the height of the rise of the tips. Mature bulls will display black/darkened hair between their bosses or leading to their bosses and not red/brown hair, the sigh of immaturity. Very tough animal to bring down.
- Ave Age of Mature Bulls: +/- 5 Years
- Ave Weight of Mature Bulls: +/- 350 Pounds
- Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License, TOPS Permit