Unusual features/differences from similar
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
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.
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
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
A single, high-pitched whistle.
and Field sign
1.5 - 2cm, sometimes clustered.