A Black Wildebeest or White-tailed Gnu (Connochaetes gnou) captured at sunset in Mountain Zebra National Park in South Africa. This herbivore is one of two wildebeest species, being the Blue Wildebeest the more common of the two. The natural populations of this species, endemic to the southern part of Africa, have been almost completely exterminated, but the species has been reintroduced widely, both in private areas and nature reserves throughout most of Lesotho, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia and Kenya. The primal herds were exterminated, being seen as pests, with the secondary advantage of using the hides and meat. Thus this animal exists primarily in herds derived from captive specimens. Its preferred habitat types are grassveld savanna and Karoo of the central South Africa plateau.
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