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Kafue Flats Lechwe

Kafue Flats Lechwe

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Scientific Name:

Kobus leche kafuensis


Kafue Flats in central Zambia


Herbivore. Grasses.


Habitat: Open grasslands, floodplains

Dimensions: 3.5m-4.8m, height 4.5-6m

Weight: males 135kg max, females 89kg max

Gestation: 7-8 months, 1 young

Lifespan: 15

Social structure: solitary males, female groups of up to 10, mixed sex herd of up to 20 individuals.

Estimated population in the wild: 20,000

IUCN Status: Endangered

Threats: Competition for food with domestic cattle, poaching and habitat destruction.

Did you know that:

1.Their legs are covered in a water-repelling substance, allowing them to move quickly through knee-deep water.

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