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AT HOME BY THE WATER Waterbuck

Waterbuck

Waterbuck

Kobus ellipsiprymnus

Family

Bovidae

Conservation Status

Least concern

Range

Sub-Saharan West Africa, Central and Eastern Africa

Habitat

Grasslands, savanna, scrub, and woodlands

Highlights

Waterbuck are highly dependent on water. They must drink daily and only inhabit areas that are adjacent to water sources

Waterbuck are highly dependent on water. They must drink daily and only inhabit areas that are adjacent to water sources. They are excellent swimmers and readily wade into water to seek refuge from predators. Waterbuck herds are led by one male and several females. Only males have they impressive forward-curving horns. Threats: Habitat loss.

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