Puku

Kobus vardonii

The puku is an medium-sized antelope found in wet grasslands in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia. Nearly one-third of their species is found in protected areas, zoos, and national parks due to their diminishing habitat.
Two Puku A pair of puku grazing in early morning.  Picture taken in the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.  Geotagged,Kobus vardonii,Puku,Zambia

Appearance

Puku stand about 80 cm at the shoulder and weigh from 70 to 80 kg . The puku is sandy brown in colour, with the underbelly a slightly lighter brown. The coat is rougher than the similar-sized southern reedbuck, lechwe or impala, or the smaller oribi. Males have 50-cm-long, ridge-structured horns which are very vaguely lyre-shaped.
Pukus sparring Pukus sparring just before sunset. Africa,Geotagged,Kobus vardonii,Puku,Zambia,antelope,pukus,sparring

Habitat

Puku are found almost exclusively in marshy grassland and dambos of the Kilombero Valley of Tanzania, where they eat grasses. Puku are crepuscular, active in the early morning and late afternoon. When scared, puku repeat a shrill whistle sound. Females gather in herds of up to 20 individuals. During the rainy season, many herds will come together for added safety, typically reaching around 50 females. Males hold territories and attempt to persuade herds of females to stay within their territories for as long as possible. In the wet season, due to large floods in their habitat they migrate to a high elevation and in dry seasons remain near water.

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Status: Near threatened | Trend: Down
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderArtiodactyla
FamilyBovidae
GenusKobus
SpeciesK. vardonii
Photographed in
Zambia