(Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa)
Africa, from Ethiopia to Senegal in the east and Angola in the south
scrub and grasslands close to rivers and lakes
Like water off a buck’s back:
Waterbucks have numerous glands that secrete an oily substance, coating the fur and making it waterproof – perfect for life in wet habitats.
After birth, baby waterbucks stay hidden in the tall, protective grasses for around four weeks before mother and child re-join the herd. The calves stay with their mothers for around 9 months.
Did you know that?
- only male waterbucks have horns,
- the females live with the young in nursery herds and the males stay in bachelor herds,
- and male waterbucks don’t reach sexual maturity until 6 years old, while the females are fertile by the age of 3?