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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Kobus
Genus species:Kobus defassa

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1.8-2.2 m
Height:1.2-1.4 m
Weight:159-227 kg
Identification:The coloration of the waterbuck varies from yellowish-brown to grayish-black. Some individuals have a white ring around their rump or a white rump patch. Their ears are tipped with black, and males have large, ringed horns.
Habitat:Savannas, woodlands, stony hills, near water
Diet:Herbivore: young grasses
Reproduction:A single calf is born after a gestation period of nine months.
Herds of up to 25 animals may form, including a master bull, females, and their calves. Young males form bachelor herds.
Behavior:Waterbucks are water-loving rather than water-dwelling. However, when alarmed, the waterbuck will make for the nearest water, either a stream or a marsh.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The most common predators of the defassa waterbuck are lions, leopards, and hunting dogs. They are not hunted by humans because their skins and meat are very oily. Waterbucks are also classified as Kobus ellipsiprymnus.

Other Information

Geographic:Central Africa Date:1974-12 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Defassa waterbuck
Common waterbuck
Waterbuck
Kobus
Antelopes
Bovidae
Artriodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates