Wildebeest (they’re also known as brindled gnus) are the image of the African herbivore.
There are 15,000 of them in Kruger National Park. The blue species is found in the park and they’re named after the slate blue sheen of their fur. They also have several dark stripes around their thick necks which extend towards the rib cage and black blazes on their noses.
Kruger National Park gnu often graze on open plains in herds of up to 30, along with zebras and impala, and in bushy savannah.
You’re bound to have a couple of gnu sightings on your visit. Look for them at waterholes too because they need a long drink every day or two. The park has several watering holes, some natural and others man-made, to make sure they have enough water to drink.
Baby gnus are born light brown in colour, like the colour of a lion. As they grow, their colour becomes darker and eventually changes to a dark chocolate-like colour.
New born babies are able to run with the herd less than 2 hours after being born! They need to do this to protect themselves against predators. Gnus are a popular choice on the dinner menu for:
- Wild Dogs
It’s common for gnus to lie down in the heat of the day under the shade of large trees or shrubs. The rest of the time, they’re likely to be grazing, even after the sun has set.
If you go on a night game drive in Kruger National Park, you may see a gnu herd. Some of them will be sleeping and others will be taking their turn to stand guard on the lookout for predators.