kafue lechwe
Kobus leche kafuensis
Status: Vulnerable
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Kobus
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.

General Information

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.

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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 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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