Waterbuck


 

 

Characteristics:
Waterbuck stand about 130 cm / 52 inch at the shoulder and reach a mean mass of about 250 kg / 155 lb. They are large with a stronger body than kudu or blue wildebeest. Waterbuck have a distinct white ring around the rump. Only the male has heavily ridged, lyrate horns which, rising outwards from the bases and inwards again to end in a pointed tip.

Colouring:
The colour of the upper parts of the body is variable and may be a dark brownish-grey or greyish-brown, in either case grizzled with white and grey hairs. Characteristically they have a board white ring encircling the rump, the lower portion of which broadens out the upper parts of the hind legs.

Habitat:
Throughout their range waterbuck, as the name suggests, are associated with water, and also have unusual high water requirements. Waterbuck remain within about 1,8 km of open water, or occur in its vicinity.

Occurrence:
No natural population in Namibia. Living in all regions of Namibia, through introduction.

Main food:
Waterbuck are pronounced roughage feeders, while predominantly grazes, very occasionally they may add browse plants to their diet.

Gestation period:
276 - 280 days

Horns:
Only the bucks, horn length up to 90 cm / 36 inch.

Habits:
Waterbuck are gregarious, usually occurring in small herds of about six to twelve. The social organisation consists of territorial males, nursery herds and bachelor herds.
 

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