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Sitatunga

Sitatunga

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Scientific Name:

Tragelaphus spekii gratus


Distribution

Central and West Africa.


Diet:

Herbivore. Grasses and leaves.


Facts

Habitat: Swamps and marshes
 

Dimensions: male 170cm max, female 144cm max, height male 125cm max, female 90cm max

 

Weight: males 75-125kg, females 50-57kg


Gestation: 7,5-8 months, 1 young


Lifespan: 19


Social structure: solitary males or female groups of up to 8 members


Estimated population in the wild: 170,000


IUCN Status: Least Concern


Threats: Habitat loss, hunting for its meat.

 

Did you know that:

  1. They are excellent swimmers. They will go in the water with only the nose exposed, to avoid predators such as lions, leopards and wild dogs.
  2. They are both nocturnal and diurnal animals.

 




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