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Introduction: Both sexes grow short curved horns. In adult bulls the horns are heavily bossed. Seasonal migration was an optimised survival strategy which allowed the effective use of resources over larger areas and which minimised over-utilisation, both during wet and dry seasons. The Blue Wildebeest is a gregarious herbivore, occurring in herds ranging from ten to a few thousand individuals. Bulls maintain territories when the herd is sedentary. Distribution: Distribution is concentrated to the north-eastern regions of South Africa. Not regarded as endangered, but mostly found in conservation areas. Also widely distributed in countries north of South Africa. Population numbers are drastically reduced due to fencing, which restricts traditional and instinctive migration. In Namibia wildebeest are commonly found in the Etosha National Park and on several privately owned game farms. Diet: They are primarily a grazer, in order of preference selecting for predominantly grass,... read more  Read More

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