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Bushbuck

Afrikaans name: Bosbok

A female Bushbuck getting harassed by Vervet Monkeys in Letaba Camp, Kruger National Park.

Female Bushbuck in Letaba Camp

Photo © Steven Herbert

Tragelaphus sylvaticus

Interesting facts about Bushbuck

The Bushbuck is a fairly common, but often rather shy, antelope. It is found in a number of different habitats including forest, riverine forest and woodland.

Although in most places Bushbuck are quite shy, and will bolt at the first sign of humans, it can be quite tame. In Kruger National Park there are some camps and picnic sites where the Bushbuck wander amongst the tourists.

Bushbuck stand about 90 cm in height at the shoulder and weigh up to 80 kg.

Male Bushbuck have a chocolate brown coat and have horns. Females are more of a rufous-brown colour and do not have horns.

Bushbuck are browsers and eat a wide variety of plants. They are normally seen singly and do not form herds.

Wounded male Bushbuck have a reputation for being very aggressive towards hunters.

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References and further reading

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 64

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 16

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 190

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 169

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 124

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 190

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 137

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 122

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 196

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 141

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 136

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 15

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: 415

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 209

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1996 - Page: 192

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 224

List of South African Mammals

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