Kobus leche kafuensis
Names: Kafue flats lechwe
Description: They have larger and longer horns than the other subspecies of lechwe. The horns are only found on males and are long, spiral and lyre-shaped. Their coats are light brown with dark shoulder patches. The coat is greasy and water-repellent.
The kafue lechwe is endemic to Zambia and is one of three lechwe found in Zambia. They are larger than the red and black lechwe.
Fun Facts !
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.
It is listed as "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red list.
Distribution and Habitat
It can be found only in Zambia and since it is semi-aquatic it is usually found on the kafue flats. Large herds can be seen in the lochinvar and Blue Lagoon National Parks
Interaction with humans
They are listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN red list due to their habitat being invaded by the kafue gorge dam and water projects that altered the natural flooding cycle.
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