Literally translated wildebeest means "wild beast". The Khoisan dubbed them "the clowns of the bush" and have a tale which tells that when God made the creatures he took all the spare parts at the end and made the wildebeest. They are fairly docile creatures if there is enough food in the region. They migrate annually and during the migration up to 250 000 may die, but during mating season up to 500 000 may be born in the Serengeti, perfectly symbolising this species' excellent ability to adapt and survive. There are two types of wildebeest: namely, the blue and the black wildebeest. The black wildebeest has a white and bushy tail and is sometimes known as the white-tailed gnu, whereas the blue wildebeest is typically larger. They are a type of antelope and also closely related to cattle.
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