Gnus on grazing land

Nicole Besch

Bascharage, Luxembourg

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The Gnu or Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) is a fast-running herbivore from Africa. The gnu is a member of the antelope family, although its heavy build and disproportionately large forequarters make it look more bovine. Gnus can reach 8 feet (2.4 meters) in length; stand 4.5 feet (1.4 meters) tall at the shoulders and weigh up to 600 pounds (272 kilograms). Both males and females grow horns. Their habitat comprises the grassy plains and open woodlands of central, southern, and eastern Africa. Here the wildebeest grazed on the grassy plains not fare away from a water hole. I took this shot during a safari through Pilanesberg/South Africa.

Nikon D300
Nikor 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G
ISO 400

Featured in Welcome to the Jungle October 22, 2011

Featured in Mozambique & Neighbouring Countries October 23, 2011

Featured in Even-toed Ungulates (Mammals) Artiodactyla January 08, 2011

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