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Kafue Flats Lechwe

Kobus leche kafuensis

Lechwe are the second most aquatic of all antelopes (after the sitatunga). Kafue Flats lechwe are a subspecies of the red lechwe.

measurements

Measurements

Size: Shoulder Height 1.3 - 1.6m
Weight: 79 - 103kg

habitat

Habitat

Kafue Flats lechwe inhabit the floodplains of Zambia. They are particularly adapted to wading and swimming and can run swiftly.

diet

Diet

Lechwe feed on grass and water plants - following the rise and fall of the floods as it exposes plants.

behaviour

Breeding

Females are pregnant for 7½ months and most births occur between July and September. Young are suckled for around 6 months.

threat

Conservation

Numbers of Kafue flats lechwe are believed to have dropped by around 70% in just 20 years. This is due to changes in water flow through damming, agriculture and invasive species, as well as an increase in poaching.

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