Kobus leche: Lechwe

The lechwe, or southern lechwe [Kobus leche] is an antelope found in Botswana, Zambia, southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, northeastern Namibia, and eastern Angola, especially in the Okavango Delta, Kafue Flats and Bangweulu Swamps.

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Lechwe stand 90 to 100 cm [35 to 39 in] at the shoulder and weigh from 70 to 120 kg [150 to 260 lb]. They are golden brown with white bellies. The long, spiral-structured horns are vaguely lyre-shaped, they are found only in males. The hind legs are somewhat longer in proportion than in other antelopes, to ease long-distance running in marshy soil.

Lechwe are found in marshy areas where they eat aquatic plants. They use the knee-deep water as protection from predators. Their legs are covered in a water repellent substance which allows them to run quite fast in knee-deep water.

Photo: Taman SafariBogorWest JavaIndonesia [20130423]

Source: Wikipedia

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