Their running speed is their means of defence
With its mane and its long tail like a horse, its head and its horns like those of a buffalo but with rather thin legs, how is the wildebeest to be classified? It is in fact an antelope. The Brindled Wildebeest lives in immense herds on the grassy plains of Africa, moving each year, in their millions, to find new pastures. Hunted by big cats, the calves are particularly exposed: this is why, hardly three minutes after their birth, they can already run beside their mothers. During their migration, these large antelopes (approximately 250 kg) face great dangers, especially when crossing rivers where, invisible in the muddy water, enormous crocodiles lie in wait. Their running speed (cruising speed of 30 to 40 kph with points of 100 kph) is their first means of defence but, when pursued, the wildebeests can also stand their ground, vigorously attack and charge a big cat with their fearsome horns.
A less threatened species
- Name : Brindled Wildebeest
- Latin name : Connochaetes taurinus
- Origin : Southern and Eastern Africa
- IUCN status : Least concerned
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