Puku - Kobus vardonii

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Afrikaans Poekoe
R.W. Min 16" Max 22"
S.C.I Min 46" Max 58" Measurement Method 1


Tracks
5 cm

Distribution

Dung
1.5 - 2cm
Sometimes clustered

Unusual features/differences from similar animals

Throat is yellowish while the whole of front of neck is white in red lechwe. No dark bands down the front of the legs as in red lechwe and the tail and horns shorter than in red lechwe.

Visible Male/Female Differences

Males slightly larger than females. Females have two pairs of nipples between their hind legs.

Habitat and Distribution

Restricted to a small patch of floodplain on the southern bank of the Chobe River in northern Botswana. Wider distribution further north. 

Diet 

Grazers.

Reproduction

Single young are born after a gestation of eight months at any time of year. Females mature at two years and males at three years. Calves lie hidden for a month. 

Behavior and Habits

Puku live in small herds of up to about 30 with a changeable membership of either females with their young or bachelor males. Mature rams are territorial and they hold their vterritories and intimnidate challengers by horning up grass, standing tall while wagging the tail and horn clashing. Female herds move through male territories while males try desperately to keep herd them back into their territories.

Sounds

A single, high-pitched whistle.

Dung and Field sign 

Dung pellets are 1.5 - 2cm, sometimes clustered.

 



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