BRINDLED GNU (Blue Wildebeest) (Connochaetes taurinus taurinus)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 28½” (72.39 cm)
SCI: 70 points

3 3/8 “ (86 mm) x 2 3/8” (61 mm)

Average mass:
540 lb (245 kg)

Average shoulder height:
47” (120 cm)

33 7/8” (86.05 cm)
94 ¾“ points

Suggested calibers:
.270, any 7 mm or .30 cal.
50 lb Compound with fixed broad head.


Namibia, the Republic of South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Southern Tanzania.


Cattle-like animal. The face, mane and horse’s tail are black. Dark vertical stripes on the neck and flanks. Both males and females have horns.

Differences between male and female:

The male is larger than the female. Male horns are heavier.


Open savanna, especially thorn and Tamboti woodland. Prefers short grass plains in valleys and flood plains. Seasonal movements take place to areas with short grass if grass in the particular area becomes too tall. Dependent on consistent water supplies.


Usually form herds of between 20 – 30 animals. Although they usually settle in certain areas, the herds migrate seasonally to other areas, forming larger herds, numbering thousands. There are female and bachelor herds as well as territorial males with female herds forming the closest association. Herds graze when it is cool and rest during the hottest part of the day in the shade.


Mainly short grass of up to 15 cm. Sometimes favours bark from young trees and leaves.


Snorts, bellows and grunts. Small ones bleat, young ones make a ‘hunn’ sound.


Usually one calf, but occasionally two calves, born from November to February, after a gestation period of approximately 8 months.


The lifespan of the Brindled Gnu is approximately 20 years.