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ORDER FAMILY Scientific name
Artiodactyla Bovidae Tragelaphus strepsiceros
(Pallas,1766)
HABITAT Kudu are found in practically any habitat, with the exception of open grass plains.
HABITS Kudu associate in small family groups of up to 20 individuals.
Adult bulls form bachelor groups and do not associate with breeding herds for the greater part of the year. Although they are not territorial animals, fights between adult bulls are common, and, very often, the horns of the 2 contenders, become interlocked. Unable to desingage, they fall easy prey for predators.
Juvenile Kudu are preyed upon  by Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena and Wild Dogs; adults, due to their size, only have to fear Man and Lion.
Only Males have horns, and they can weigh up to 270 Kg. and leave for about 15 years.
DIET Kudu are mainly browsers.
BREEDING One single Calf is born after a gestation period of about 7 months. The calf will hide for the first 3 weeks amongst tall grasses and shrubs, attended by it's mother for short periods of time.

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