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wabuck.GIF (5555 bytes) WATERBUCK wabuck.GIF (5555 bytes)
ORDER FAMILY Scientific name
Artiodactyla Bovidae Kobus ellipsiprymnus 
HABITAT Savanna, with tree and shrub thickets, in the proximity of perennial water.
HABITS Waterbuck associate in herds of up to 50 or 60 individuals, and they are not territorial animals.
At the age of 2 years, males are evicted from the breeding herds, forming bachelor groups.
If threatened by a predator, Waterbuck will not hesitate to take refuge in deep water, very often infested with crocodiles to whom they fall prey. They also preyed upon by Lion, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild Dog.
Only males have horns. Their life-span is about 14 years and they can weigh up to 270 Kg.
DIET Waterbuck are both browsers and grazers.
BREEDING Waterbuck calves remain concealed for a couple of weeks after birth, in a thicket of tall grass or bush, after which they form nursery groups within the breeding herds.


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