Lechwe

Lechwe

Order : Artiodactyla
Family : Bovidae
Subfamily : Reduncinae
Species : Kobus leche

 

Keywords: brown , white , horn , diurnal

The Lechwe 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
Lechwe

Adult weight : 94.8 kg (208.56 lbs)

Maximum longevity : 25 years

Female maturity :898 days

Male maturity : 1050 days

Gestation : 229 days

Weaning : 137 days

Litter size : 1

Weight at birth : 5.1 kg (11.22 lbs)

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Facts about the lechwe

Lechwes are an animal similar to the Kob, an animal related to the African waterbuck antelopes.

Red lechwes are easily identified by their rust-colored hides, black stripes, unusual horns and long hind legs, which help them graze in water up to 2 feet deep.

The Lechwe is a medium-sized antelope, closely related to the Waterbuck.

The Lechwe is a [CITIES-listed Endangered Species]

The lechwe is extremely adapted to water and leaps through the water when it is too shallow in which to swim.

The lechwes are the most aquatic of the marsh antelopes; they often spend the day submerged up to the neck.

The red lechwe (Kobus leche) is a species of African antelope whose historical range included parts of Namibia, Botswana, Angola, Zaire, and Zambia.

Habitat Nile lechwes are found in swamps, dry and flooded grass marshes, and steppes. (Full text)

Lechwe is a name of Bantu origin meaning an antelope. (Full text)

The Lechwe, Kobus leche, is a kind of antelope, of the family Bovidae. (Full text)

Ecology and Behavior The Nile lechwe is particularly adept at wading and swimming, travelling (Full text)

Red lechwe Red lechwes are common in the Okavango delta, but shy. (Full text)

As a result of its amphibious habits, the lechwe is preyed on by a variety of predators, from crocodiles and pythons to lions, leopards, spotted hyaenas and wild dogs. (Full text)

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