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Also called gnu, the wildebeest is a genus of antelope, found in its natural habitat in the savanna, bush lands, and woodlands of eastern and southern Africa. It has a distinctive, high-shouldered build, a broad and long muzzle, and short horns similar to those of a cow. The blue wildebeest is famous for migrating long distances in large herds, while the black wildebeest has adapted to changing habitats and has stopped migrating. Although threats such as extensive hunting, drought, and the spread of human settlement have led to periodic declines in population, both the blue and the black wildebeest are still numerous across wide ranges in southern Africa.

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