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Safari Africa Animal Fact Sheet
LESSER KUDU
Tragelaphus imberbis

Range:
Eastern Africa.

Lesser kudus are secretive by nature. They are shy and wary in the wild. They appear in the morning or late afternoon, eat twigs, leaves and young shoots. The rest of the day they remain secluded in dense vegetation; they are usually active at night, seeking shelter soon after sunrise. The hierarchy among males is determined by age and size. Males about the same age and size show their dominance in sparring contests in which they slowly approach one another, lock horns and push back and forth until one gives up; no serious injuries result, but remains of animals have been found where two combatants have locked their horns in such way that they could not disengage. This is just a way to show dominance, which is usually quick and peaceful; at the end this is determined by a lateral display in which one male stands sideways in front of the other trying to look as large as possible so, if the other is suitably impressed, dominance is established. The areas overlap extensively with no apparent territoriality, and different parts are used in different times of the year. Individual home range averages 2.2 square kilometers for males and about 1.8 for females Their alarm call is a sharp bark.



Habitat: Dry thorn bush and forests.
Diet: Leaves and other native vegetation.
Status: Near Threatened (IUCN).
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Weight: 55-110 lbs.
Height: 3 feet at the shoulder.

Lifespan: 7 to 8 years in the wild and up to 23 years in captivity
Reproduction & Offspring: Gestation: 222 Days.

 

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