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Greater Kudu

Greater Kudu – Tragelaphus strepsiceros


These are our “Ghosts” of the bush…..now you see them …..now they are gone!...They were there…..I promise !!

  

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The kudu is our most elegant, beautiful and majestic antelope with their enormous ears, large eyes and delicate step.
They are very adaptable and have managed to survive on most farmland in Namibia as long as enough cover remains. As kudu are good jumpers they manage most of the many fences that criss- cross Namibia!  Kudu prefer thick bush and or mountainous regions especially deep valleys, but as stated above are very adaptable as long as they have cover!
The white stripes on their sides are rather like our fingerprints! The number and pattern are unique to each individual.

 

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Description 

·    Weight: Males weigh 190–270 kg (420–600 lb), with a maximum of 315 kg (690 lb)
                Females weigh 120–210 kg (260–460 lb)
·    Shoulder height – Males 180 cm (71 in)  -   Females 120 cm (47 in)
·    Gestation – 240 days
·    Calving generally starts between February and March though can be throughout the year
·    Young - 1
·    Lifespan :Females +- 14 yrs. Males  +- 7-8 yrs. This difference is thought to be due to the demands of the rutting and mating season.

Food

Predominantly browsers, mostly Acacia and Combretum spp. In summer they do graze on  the new green grass.

Habits

Active early morning and late in the afternoon, depending on food and predators.  
Females form family groups while males form bachelor herds. During mating season a dominant bull ( determined by size and fighting ability) will join a group of females.
Kudu are not territorial as are all Tragelaphines.

Predators

Leopards, cheetahs, lions, wild dog and hyaena.   

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