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Lechwe

The Lechwe (Kobus leche), is a species of antelope found in Okavango Delta of Botswana, the Kafue Flats and Bangweulu Swamps of Zambia, and the very southeast of Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lechwe are found in marshy areas where they eat aquatic plants. They use the knee-deep water as protection from predators. Their legs are covered with water repelling substance allowing them to run quite fast in the knee-deep water.

Lechwe stand 35.5 to 39.5 inches at the shoulder and weigh from 154 to 264 pounds. They are golden brown with a white underbelly and black legs. Males are darker in color. The long spiral structured horns are vaguely lyre-shaped, they are found only in males. The hind legs are somewhat longer in proportion than in other antelopes, to ease long-distance running in marshy soil.

Lechwe are diurnal. They gather in herds which can include many thousands of individuals. Herds are usually all of one sex but during mating season they mix. The herds on the Bangweulu swamps are noticeably darker than those found elsewhere.

Lechwe


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