The black wildebeest has brown-coloured hair, with a mane that ranges in color from cream to black, and a cream-coloured tail.
The blue wildebeest was first known to westerners in the northern part of South Africa a century later, in the 1800s.Its historical range included South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho, but in the latter two countries it was hunted to extinction in the 19th century.It has now been reintroduced to them and also introduced to Namibia where it has become well established.In the early twentieth century, one species of the wildebeest, Connochaetes albojubatus, was identified in eastern Africa. However, in 1939, the two were once again merged into a single race, Connochaetes taurinus albojubatus. while the black wildebeest belonged to the genus Connochaetes. Blue wildebeest fossils dating back some two and a half million years ago are common and widespread.In 1914, two separate races of the wildebeest were introduced, namely Gorgon a. In the mid-twentieth century, two separate forms were recognised, Gorgon taurinus hecki and G. Today they are united in the single genus Connochaetes: the black wildebeest being named (C. They have been found in the fossil bearing caves at the Cradle of Humankind north of Johannesburg.