Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52382

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Alcelaphus
Genus species:Alcelaphus buselaphus cokii

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:2.1 m
Height:1.2 m
Weight:120-150 kg
Identification:The kongoni has a sandy fawn coat color, a white or pale rump, and a dark fringe on its tail. Unlike most horned-animals, both sexes have horns.
Habitat:Grassy plains, open scrublands, lightly wooded areas
Diet:Herbivore: leafy parts of plants
Reproduction:Breeding takes place year-round with peaks of births in the dry seasons. Gestation lasts eight months. The single calf is weaned at four months of age.
Young males lead groups of females with their young. They may form herds of hundreds in the dry season. Bachelor groups of up to 30 are also common.
Behavior:Males defend their territories from elevated areas, such as termite mounds. Kongoni are a relatively peaceful species.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Lions, hyenas, hunting dogs, leopards, and cheetahs feed on kongoni.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Africa Date:1968-01 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Kongoni
Coke's hartebeest
Red hartebeest
Alcelaphus
Bovidae
Artiodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Hartebeests
Ruminants
Ungulates