Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus albojubatus (Thomas, 1912; Eastern white-bearded wildebeest), are found in the Gregory Rift Valley (south of the equator). Its range extends from northern Tanzania to central Kenya. They have a black face with long hair on the hump as well as the tail. What stands out is their white beard.. The numbers of the Eastern white-bearded wildebeest have seen a steep decline in numbers to a current level of probably 6,000 to 8,000 animals.

Western White-bearded Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus mearnsi (Heller, 1913; Western white-bearded wildebeest), ) are found in northern Tanzania and southern Kenya. Their range is from the west of Gregory Rift Valley to Speke Bay in Lake Victoria. They have a black face with long hair on the hump and tail. What stands out is their white beard.

Cookson's Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus cooksoni (Blaine, 1914; Cookson's wildebeest), are limited to Luangwa Valley in Zambia. They have a black face with long hair on the hump and tail.

Nyassaland Wildebeest

Connochaetes taurinus johnstoni (Sclater, 1896; Nyassaland wildebeest), are found from Mozambique (north of the Zambezi river) up to east-central Tanzania. They have a black face with long hair on the hump and tail and a white stripe above the nose.

Blue Wildebeest


Connochaetes taurinus taurinus (Burchell, 1823; Blue wildebeest, common wildebeest of brindled gnu) ) are found in southern Africa. Their range stretches from Namibia and South Africa up to Mozambique (north of the Orange river) and from southwest Zambia (south of the Zambezi river) up to south Angola.

Black Wildebeest


Connochaetes gnou (Zimmermann, 1780; Swart wildebeest of White-tailed gnu) are found in the northern Cape, the Free State, the southern highveld, western Swaziland and the grassveld areas below the Drakensberg in Kwazulu-Natal. The black wildebeest is recognisable by his white, long, horse-like tail.