Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)

Origin: Southern and Eastern Africa
Sighted at: Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, San Antonio, TX

The blue wildebeest is one of two types of wildebeest, both of which are native to Africa. Wildebeest literally means “wild beast” or “wild cattle” in Dutch. The animal is also known as the “gnu,” after the name given to the animal by native Africans.

These particular wildebeests were not especially interested in me, my father, the food that we had to offer, our rental vehicle, or my camera.