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Animals: BLUE WILDEBEEST

 
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Blue Wildebeest -Connochates taurinus
           
 
 
Habitat requirements    
Blue Wildebeest prefers open bushveld with plenty of shortish grass and sufficieint water
 
Food preference    

Blue Wildebeest are grazers and prefer areas with short, green grass.  They will seldom utilise grass higher than 10 to 15 cm. A wide variety of nutritious grasses are utilised.  A very small proportion of the diet are said to be leaves and bark. Blue wildebeest are particularly fond of short green grasses which sprout in burned patches or after good rain. Themeda triandra, Digitaria argyrograpta as well as  Panicum spp. are seen to be important food sources.  Towards the end of the dry season blue wildebeest will utilise Cynodon dactylon

 
Water requirements    
Blue Wildebeest are water dependant and utilise approximately 9 litres of water per day
 
Minimum viable group size    
15
 
Sex ratio    
One male for every four females
 
Herd population growth per annum    
25 percent
 
Life span    

20 years