Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Lesser kudu


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Tragelaphus imberbis
PROFILE:

The lesser kudu has distinct stripes and horns like its close relative, the greater kudu. The horns are used in ritualized horn pressing by the males to display dominance. Newborn  calves are raised by the mother and spend the first two weeks of life hidden from predators and only interacting for about eight minutes per day.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulate)
NATIVE TO:
east Africa
CONSERVATION STATUS:
Declining
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFE EXPECTANCY:
wild - 7-8 years; zoos - up to 23 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Males will sometimes form bachelor groups, but more commonly are solitary; females commonly form small groups six to 10 adults and their offspring.
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