Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Lechwe


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Kobus megaceros
PROFILE:

Males are characterized by their S shaped horns and differ greatly in appearance from the females. The males are a dark brown color and have a large white patch of fur just behind their neck in comparison the female is a dark blonde color with small approximately 3 inch horns.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal,
NATIVE TO:
South to Central Africa restricted to Swamp and Floodplain margins. Swamps in Bostwana and Nambia.
CONSERVATION STATUS:
At Serious Risk
DIET:
Mainly eat green aquatic plants and grasses.
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
wild - 15 years; zoos - 25 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Males and females form separate groups. Female groups have no leader as compared to that of the male. Males are very territorial and females are often found near water sources.
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