Kobus kob

Kobus kob height: 70-100 cm
weight: 80-100 kg

The antelope Kobus Kob (Kobus kob) moves around south of the Sahara desert in groups of up to 40 members in the moist savannas. Only males have the S-shaped horns of about 50 cm long that curve sharply backwards and then up again. They are active during the day, except during the heat of the day. Males are reported to be in herds, have single territories, or defend lek territories.

Lek mating system

"A lek (from Swedish lek, a noun which typically denotes pleasurable and less rule-bound games and activities) is a tournament (the males of certain species of animals for the purposes of competitive mating display), held before and during the breeding season, day after day, when the same group of males meet at a traditional place and take up the same individual positions on an arena, each occupying and defending a small territory or court. Intermittently or continuously they spar with their neighbours one at a time, or display magnificent plumage, or vocal powers, or bizarre gymnastics..." ( From wikipedia )

Within a lek, 20 to 200 male kobs defend territories 15 to 200 meters in diameter. The center of the lek is the most favored spot. This is where most of the mating occurs.

In areas of lower population density, males are spaced farther apart and hold their territories for longer periods of time.Each lek is associated with a female herd of about 100 individuals. Females can mate after 13 months and males after 18. Sadly, Kob are commonly hunted for sport and food. A survey of bushmeat preferences in Cameroon ranked kob as the third most favored species, second only to North African porcupine and guinea fow.

Predators

Their main predators are the leopard, cheetah, hyena, hunting dog and lion.

Image

  • Description: Uganda-Kob
  • Source: photographed 2002 in the Queen Elisabeth National Park in Uganda
  • Photographer: Frank Dickert
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References

Animal Diversity Web

Wikipedia

Ultimate Ungulate

Keywords: orange , red , white , black , stripe , horn , diurnal

The Kob is listed as Conservation Dependent (LR/cd), the focus of a continuing taxon-specific or habitat-specific conservation programme targeted towards the taxon in question, the cessation of which would result in the taxon qualifying for one of the threatened categories below within a period of five years, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Some facts about the
Kob

Adult weight : 105 kg (231 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 22 years

Female maturity :403 days

Male maturity : 365 days

Gestation : 251 days

Weaning : 189 days

Litter size : 1

Litters per year : 1

Weight at birth : 5.405 kg (11.891 lbs)

Weight at weaning : 31.6 kg (69.52 lbs)

Source: AnAge, licensed under CC

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