Waterbuck

Waterbuck

The Waterbuck is a large shaggy African antelope and its name is derived from spending large amounts of time in the water.  For its diet it must have large quantities of water.

Waterbucks live in small herds of 5-25 animals, with one dominant male and several females and young. Males around the ages of 7-9 years defend the largest and best territories and bachelor herds often stay near female herds.  Females are not territorial but will spend time in loosely defined grazing areas that they share with other females.

When in danger, the waterbuck will lie flat in the grass hoping to avoid detection or will try and hide or swim away in water.



FAST FACTS
SCIENTIFIC NAME KOBUS ELLIPSIPRYMNUS
WHERE IN THE WILD? AFRICAN GRASSLANDS NEAR WOODLANDS, WITHIN A FEW MILES OF WATER
WHAT'S ON THE MENU? GRAIN AND HAY
LIFE EXPECTANCY