Wildebeest - Blue
The blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), also called the common wildebeest, white-bearded wildebeest or brindled gnu, is a large, broad-shouldered antelope. It has a muscular, front-heavy appearance, with a distinctive robust muzzle. Young blue wildebeest are born tawny brown, and begin to take on their adult colouration at the age of two months. The adults' hues range from a deep slate or bluish grey to light grey or even greyish-brown. Dark brown vertical stripes mark the area between the neck and the back of the ribcage, thus giving it the name "brindled gnu". Both sexes possess a pair of large curved horns which extend outward to the side, and then curve upward and inward. In the males, the horns can be 83 cm (33 in) long, while the horns of the females are 30–40 cm (12–16 in) long. Despite being an antelope, the blue wildebeest possesses various bovine characteristics. For instance, the horns resemble those of the female African buffalo. Further, the heavy build and disproportionately large forequarters give it a bovine appearance.
WEIGHT MALE: 250 KG
WEIGHT FEMALE: 180 KG
SHOULDER HEIGHT MALE: 150 CM
SHOULDER HEIGHT FEMALE: 135 CM
MATING SEASON: MARCH, APRIL & MAY
Weights & shoulder heights are averages