black lechwe on the bangweulu flats
Kobus leche smithemani
Status: Not Evaluated
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Kobus
Description: They have a dark, blackish brown coat with a white underbelly. The coat is greasy and water-repellent. They have slightly smaller horns than the kafue lechwe. The horns are only found on males and are long, spiral and lyre-shaped.

General Information

The black lechwe can only be found on the bangweulu flats and like any other lechwe subspecies they are semi-aquatic. They are the darkest coloured lechwe.

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Ecology and Behaviour

Lechwes enter water to feed on aquatic grasses, an abundant resource underutilized by most other herbivores, and graze the grasses that spring up as floodwaters recede.

Conservation

It is listed as "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red list.

Distribution and Habitat

It can only be found on the bangweulu flats in Zambia.
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