Red Lechwe - Kobus leche

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Afrikaans Basterwaterbok Tswana Letshwee
R.W. Min 26" Max 35"
S.C.I Min 58" Max 73" Measurement Method 1


Tracks
7 cm

Distribution Dung
1.5 cm

Unusual features/differences from similar animals

White strip up the front of the neck to the throat whereas the puku is whitish only on the throat. The front of the legs are dark brown or black but the puku nor impala do not have black legs.

Visible Male/Female Differences

Only males bear horns, ridged except at the tips.

Habitat and Distribution

Wet grasslands in northern Botswana.

Diet

Grass.

Reproduction

After a gestation 7-8 months a single lambs with a of 5 kg is born. It is weaned at 7 months. Both males and females are mature at 2 years but males do not mate until they hold territory at 3-4 years. Waterbuck are taken by lions and leopards .Lambs lie hidden for up to two months and once they are mobile they spend more time with other lambs than with their mothers.

Behavior and Habits

Most active in the early morning and will feeds up to 1 km from water. They drink up to 3 times a day in hot weather and moves closer to water at night, tending to rest on termite heaps for better visibility. When trying to escape, they always run towards water. They are usually in small groups of 1 -5 but may sometimes form herds of up to 120.

The territories of breeding rams are in areas of rich grazing and they occupy them throughout the year. Ownership is advertised with a broadside display to intruders to accentuate their size. Subordinate show their submission by holding their heads low with their horns back along the neck. Fights involve pushing with the horns and may escalate to vicious attempts to gore the opponent. Female herds move through male territories.

Sounds

A short, high-pitched whistle

Field sign

 Dung pellets are 1-2 cm long, rounded at one end, blunt at the other.

 



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