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Water Antelope

Theme area:  Reserva de los lagos
Scientific name:  Kobus ellipsiprymnus ellipsiprymnus
Class:  Mammals
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Savannah
Diet:  Herbivore
Weight:  160 - 200 kg
Size:  1.2 - 1.4 m
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This large African herbivore is an excellent swimmer!

Its distribution extends to southeastern Africa, in valleys and grasslands near water. The water becomes its refuge if it perceives any threat.

There is sexual dimorphism, the male is larger than the female, has darker fur and horns. The length of the horns depends on the age of the antelope.

Antelope activity is affected by seasonal differences, habitat, grazing conditions, distance from water and the number of predators in the area. When less water is available and conditions are dry, the antelope needs to rest more.

It breeds once a year. The female isolates herself from the group and goes into some bushes a few days before calving and will give birth to a calf after 8 months of gestation. Once born, it will take half an hour for the young to stand up.

They live in small groups of 5 to 15 individuals, although they can gather in groups of thousands in grazing areas.

Conservation status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


it will not hesitate to enter the water if it feels threatened?
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