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This antelope is medium in size with a shoulder height of one meter, its back descends obliquely from the hindquarters to the shoulders. Only the male bears long, strongly ringed, lyre-shaped horns. Based on the drawing, several subspecies can be distinguished. In the case of the Red Lechwe, the bright maroon on the upper side contrasts with the white underside. Striking black stripes cover the forelegs. Males reach a weight of 118 kilograms, females 80 kilograms.

The Lechwe has only a small and very isolated distribution area in the wetlands of Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia and southern Congo.
It is tied to alluvial plains as well as seasonally flooded swamps such as the Okavango Basin. In shallow water, it feeds almost exclusively on marsh grasses.

Males are territorial, but their territories are very small due to the high population density and measure only 15 to 200 meters in diameter. The competition is extreme, and few males can hold their territory for more than a few days. Females form herds that can number up to a thousand animals.

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