Wildebeest

Scientific name
Connochaetes taurinus
Weight

118 to 270 kilograms (260-595 pounds)

Size

123 centimeters in length (48 inches)

Life span

20 years in the wild

Habitat
Open woodlands, open grassy plains
Diet

Herbivorous

Gestation

8.5 months

Predators
Lions, cheetahs, hunting dogs, hyenas
Can live to be
40
years old
Migrate close to
1,600
kilometers each year
Can run up to
65
kilometers each year
Wildebeest

Challenges

Habitat fragmentation poses a great threat to wildebeest.

Their habitat is threatened by fragmentation, which is caused when land is fenced off for agriculture. While they are widespread and abundant in certain areas, the spread of civilization and agriculture, the reduction of water sources, and poaching are threatening this iconic species’ survival.

Solutions

Our solutions to ensuring the wildebeest continues to thrive:

Strategy
Engage governments and policy makers.

AWF works with government entities to help plan and propose alternative solutions to habitat fragmentation. AWF provides its scientists and researchers as resources to assist in proper planning to ensure a balance between modernization and conservation.

Community Involvement
Work with communities.

We engage communities to help with agricultural planning to provide tools and techniques for sustainable agricultural growth. By providing these resources, AWF can minimize the impact on local wildlife while helping to maximize food security and income for people.

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