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Afrikaans name: Waterbok

A magnificent male Waterbuck in Kruger National Park

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Kobus ellipsiprymnus

Interesting facts about Waterbuck

The Waterbuck's most distinctive feature is the white ring on the rump. Both sexes show this feature. Males are bigger than females and have horns. Male Waterbuck weigh between 200 and 300 kg and are up to 1.4 metres high at the shoulder.

Waterbuck, as their name suggests, are normally found near water but they may also be seen far from water. I have seen them on the higher slopes of the hills in iMfolozi Game Reserve seemingly miles from the closest water.

The meat of a Waterbuck is apparently quite smelly yet still safe to eat.

Their main food is grass. Waterbuck are normally seen in small groups to small herds.

Male Waterbuck

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Above - A male Waterbuck with magnificent horns

Below - A female Waterbuck
Female Waterbuck

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A female Waterbuck is followed by her fawn

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Above - A female Waterbuck is followed by her baby in Kruger National Park

Below - A male Waterbuck
Male Waterbuck

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Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 141

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 112

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 416

List of South African Mammals

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