A serologic survey of blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus Burchell) and African buffalo (Syncerus caffer Sparrman) in the Masai Mara area was conducted. Antibodies to Brucella spp. were found in 18% of the blue wildebeest and 30% of the African buffalo examined. There were titers in all age groups and in both sexes. Hygromata were seen in both species. The increase in numbers of blue wildebeest and African buffalo which share grazing and watering areas with cattle of the Masai people, makes the presence of infections by Brucella spp. in wildlife an important consideration in any program for control of brucellosis.

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Present address: Animal Pathology Division, Food Production and Inspection Branch, 2255 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0Y9, Canada