Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Waterbuck


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Kobus ellipsiprymnus
PROFILE:

True to its name, the waterbuck is almost always found near permanent sources of water in its native habitat. These grazers rely on the grasses of their range for survival. While they are listed by the IUCN as a species of least concern, they are threatened and protected in some of the countries in their range. There are two subspecies of waterbuck, the defassa waterbuck and the ellipsen waterbuck.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Cetartiodactyla (even-toed ungulate)
NATIVE TO:
Africa
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
zoos - 30 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Female herds of up to 30 animals; young males may form bachelor herds, adult males are solitary.
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