Mountain Reedbuck - Redunca fulvorufula

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Afrikaans  Rooiribbok Tswana Lehele 
Zulu
Nxala
Photo SA Parks Board
R.W. Min 6⅞" Max 11"
S.C.I Min 20" Max 30" Measurement Method 1

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Tracks
6cm

Distribution

Dung
1cm
Clusters of 4 cm

Unusual features/differences from similar animals

The front of the legs have no dark line as in the reedbuck. The ears are narrow and have rounded tips whereas the ears are broader and have triangular tips in reedbuck. Ears and are very long and narrow in Grey Rheebok. The tips of the horns are hooked sharply forward whereas there is an even forward curve in reedbuck and straight spikes in Grey Rheebok.

Visible Male/Female Difference

Only males bear horns. Females have two pairs of nipples between their hind legs and the neck is very thin.

Habitat and Distribution

Steep rocky slopes with grass cover and scattered bushes and trees.

Diet

A selective grazer. Prefers short grass burned within the past year.

Reproduction

Single lambs weighing 3 kg are born after a gestation of 236-251 days. Females mature at 12-14 months, males mature at 27 months. Males do not mate until they hold territory. Horns begin growing at 15 months and start curving forward at 2 years and develops ridges at 3 years. Lifespan 12 years. Females give birth in cover. Lambs lie hidden for 2-3 months; females visit calves to suckle and clean them.

Behavior and Habits

Lives singly or in small herds of 3-6. Males without territories live alone or in bachelor groups. Active in the early morning, late afternoon and at night. Rests during the day in the cover of bushes and trees, herd members lie close together. Moves down from slopes to feed and reach water at night. Mature rams hold territories of about 30 ha. When threatened, the mountain reedbuck runs with exaggerated rocking-horse action with the tail curled up to show the white underside.

Sounds

The alarm call is a loud, repeated, shrill whistle.

Dung and Field sign

Droppings are clusters of squashed, round pellets.



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