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Black Lechwe
Black Lechwe
Mammal. A medium-sized antelope, the black lechwe (LEECH-wee) grows to about a meter (3.3 ft) in height, weighing 60 to 128 kg (132 to 282 lb). Unlike other antelope, black lechwe are slow runners but they are good swimmers and are often seen grazing shoulder-deep in water. Their hooves are adapted for swampy areas rather than dry land, and their greasy coats act as a sort of water-proofing but also give off a distinctive odor. Only the males have antlers. They live in dryer areas forming bachelor herds during most of the year. Females and their calves depend on water more than the males and remain closer to it all year round.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Kobus leche smithemani 15 years
Herbivore. Water plants and grass.
Predators and Threats
Hunted by leopards, lions, cheetahs, hyenas, pythons, and crocodiles. Also people with hunting dogs.
Flood plains that border swamps particularly in Zambia and other countries of south-central Africa. In extreme flooding, lechwes take refuge in woodlands.