Two blue wildebeasts are in the Zoo de Granby, a male and a female, named Louis and Eugenie. They are living at the entry of the african continent and share their habitat with KC and Shaboola, our 2 white rhinoceros, our bushpigs and our african marabout.
We can easily recognize Eugenie by one of its shorter horn.
A prey not that easy to catch!
Latin Name : Connochaetes taurinus
- Wildebeast are the prey of many african predators such as lion, hyena, leopards, guepards and nile crocodile.
- It has good endurance and can maintain its run on a long distance. It can run up to 65 km/h, with a highest speed of 80km/h.
- The male wildebeast is normaly heavier and darker than the female ; its horns, shaped in parenthesis, are also thicker than the female's horns.
- Its back and shoulder are marked with darker stripes and are unique to each individual. It's mainly the main caracteristic that can be distinguished.
- There's no specific appellation for the female or the baby wildebeast.
- The female give birth to only 1 baby ( rarely 2), who weight around 19kg after 7 to 9 months of gestation. The babies can stand on their paws few minutes after its birth and are independant after only 8 months.