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Blue Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus


Wildebeest (from Afrikaans "wild cattle") or Gnu (from the Khoikhoi "Gnou"), come in two species: Black and Blue. They differ in a number of ways but primarily in horn curvature and, not surprisingly, color. The white ones have a low chance of growing old since they are an easier target for predators. This one is probably leucistic?


Mkhaya game reserve, where there is a breeding programme of endangered species in Swaziland. However, there are also some natural predators in the area, such as leopard, hyena and crocodiles.


When spotting this, the guide claimed that it was a "Golden Wildebeest" or "White Wildebeest". One thing is for sure, it is one of the following options: White: genetically white due to a recessive gene. Usually a true white; dark stripes, rings or masks usually appear the same color (or diluted) as found in the normal phenotype. The eyes are the normal color. Albino: The coat color will be a creamy white to pale yellow – the color isn't a true white. Dark markings will be expressed as gray or pale tan. Also genetic, pure albinism is due to a lack of melanin and identified by striking red eyes. Leucistic: Leucism is a genetic mutation resulting in defective pigment producing cells. Partially leucistic breeds are common in dogs, cats and horses. http://roarafrica.blogspot.com/2011_10_0...

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keithp2012 5 years ago

Awesome find especially since it made it to adulthood! Its very special I hope it has a long life!

Tiz 5 years ago

Larry, thank you for your comment. I really like that you appreciate the information. This is not only a great way for me to learn about what I see, it also a ways to give a small piece back to the community since I learn so much from the members here.
Have a great day

LarryGraziano 5 years ago

Nice spotting and information!

Spotted by

Sifundza seLubombo, Swaziland

Lat: -26.63, Long: 31.75

Spotted on Dec 23, 2013
Submitted on Jan 3, 2014

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