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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Connochaetes
Connochaetes taurinus
Connochaetes gnou
Reference: The Columbia Encyclopedia

The wildebeest, also called gnu, is a large hooved (ungulate) mammal of the genus Connochaetes, which includes two species, both native to Africa: C. gnou, the "black" wildebeest, and C. taurinus, the "blue" wildebeest. The genus belongs to the family Bovidae, which includes antelopes, cattle, goats, and other even-toed horned ungulates.