The Golden King Wildebeest has a double recessive gene. It has a spot. The Golden King Wildebeest is not a cross between a King Wildebeest and a Golden Wildebeest. None of our game are crossed (or inbred), the Golden King Wildebeest carries within it a unique gene that comes out. The moment you cross breeds you do not have the original animal anymore.
The Golden King Wildebeest is one of the most striking colour variants with its light blond markings across its golden body. Although very little is known about the history of the Golden King Wildebeest, the little we do know has been well documented by those lucky enough to breed with this beautiful animal.
The Golden King Wildebeest traits:
- It is not a cross between a kings and a golden wildebeest.
- The eye colour of the golden kings wildebeest is a light blue, but will change colour as the wildebeest begins to mature.
- A light blonde stripe forms on the back of the golden kings wildebeest and runs from the mane through to between the hips of the animal.
- The golden kings wildebeest has a white mask, which changes colour as the animal ages.
- The spot on the flank is one of the most beautiful features on the golden kings wildebeest. The spot will differ in size from animal to animal and will also change as the animal ages up until about 3 years of age.
Breeding the Golden Kings Wildebeest
The Golden King Wildebeest does not breed easily. After much talk with various veterinarians, and other breeders, it is thought that they carry more than one recessive gene.
We started breeding with golden kings in 2010. For the first four years of breeding we received only splits, and it was only in 2014 that we received our first golden kings calves. We have never received a golden kings calf from a F1 split. The percentage that we have received from F2 splits has been less than 15% up until today.
- Around 40% of the F2 splits are born with a spot on their flanks. This varies greatly in size and colour from one animal to the next.
- Up until now we have yet to see a F1 split display the light flanks.
- All the golden kings calves born were from mothers that displayed the spot on the flank. That said, not all the cows with the spots have given a golden kings calf up until now.
- A golden kings bull breeding with a normal golden wildebeest cow does not deliver a golden kings calf, but rather a normal golden wildebeest calf.
There are very few true golden kings wildebeest. The breeders have so far been able to pin down around 50 of the animals, however we estimate that there may be up to 150 golden kings in South Africa, making the golden kings one of the rarest colour variants around.
There have been very few seen at auction before, and this may again be proof that they are indeed not found in regular numbers. Both the Stud Game Breeders auction and the Golden Breeders Family Auction in 2016 saw golden kings on auction. They performed notably well at the Golden Breeders Family Auction.
These low numbers present a real opportunity for breeders to get involved in the golden kings wildebeest.