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Kéwel, Tragelaphus scriptus

The kéwel (Tragelaphus scriptus), previously known as the bushbuck, is a species of antelope that can be found in central and western areas of Africa. Its range extends from southern Mauritania and Senegal, through the Sahel to Ethiopia and Eritrea in the east, to Angola and the southern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the south. It prefers a habitat within wooded and forested savannahs in most areas, but chooses rainforests and semi-arid areas in other parts of its range. The kéwel is small and is typically yellowish brown to red in color, with vertical stripes occurring throughout its body. These stripes vary depending upon the area in which the species can be found.

There are seven different separate groups of the kéwel, all varying genetically. However, some of these are not classified under currently recognized subspecies. The kéwel received its common name from the Wolof language, which is spoken in Senegal. Its scientific name has changed from Antilope scripta, which was given in 1766 by Pallas, to Tragelaphus scriptus. Not much is known about the kéwel or its behaviors, because most studies associated with the bushbuck have focused on the imbabala, the other species previously known as the bushbuck.

Image Caption: Male Bushbuck at Mosi-oa-Tunya national park, Livingstone, Zambia. Credit: Hans Hillewaert/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Kwel Tragelaphus scriptus