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.
Size: Shoulder Height 1.3 - 1.6m
Weight: 79 - 103kg
Kafue Flats lechwe inhabit the floodplains of Zambia. They are particularly adapted to wading and swimming and can run swiftly.
Lechwe feed on grass and water plants - following the rise and fall of the floods as it exposes plants.
Females are pregnant for 7½ months and most births occur between July and September. Young are suckled for around 6 months.
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.