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Waterbuck

Kobus ellipsiprymnus

Description:

Waterbuck stand 120 to 136 cm (47 to 54 in) at the shoulder.[ Head-and-body length ranges from 140 to 240 cm (55 to 94 in) and tail length from 10 to 45 cm (3.9 to 18 in).[3] Males weigh 200–300 kg (440–660 lb) and females 160–200 kg (350–440 lb). Their coats are reddish brown in colour and become progressively darker with age; they have a white 'bib' under their throats and white on their rumps. The waterproofing secretions of the waterbuck's sweat glands produce an unpleasant odor in its meat, unless the animal is skinned carefully. According to African myth, the meat of the waterbuck is not edible, but this is untrue; whilst not especially tasty, waterbuck venison is safe to eat. The long, spiral-structured horns, found only in males, sweep back and up.

Notes:

Dinokeng Game Reserve

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Mari du Preez
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Mari du Preez

Dr JS Moroka Local Municipality, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Spotted on Aug 10, 2013
Submitted on Nov 30, 2013

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