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Blue Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus

Description:

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?

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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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3 Comments

keithp2012
keithp2012 5 years ago

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

Tiz
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
LarryGraziano 5 years ago

Nice spotting and information!

Sifundza seLubombo, Swaziland

Lat: -26.63, Long: 31.75

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

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