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Sitatunga (Marshbuck)

The Sitatunga or Marshbuck (Tragelaphus spekeii), is a swamp-dwelling antelope found throughout Central Africa centering on the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Botswana and in Zambia. Sitatunga live in papyrus swamps and are very good swimmers. They may take to the water to evade predators such as leopards or wild dogs, lying submerged in pools with only their nostrils above the surface.

The Sitatunga stands about 59 inches at the shoulder. They have a water-proof coat which is dark brown in males and reddish brown in females. Both sexes have white stripes and spots as well as white splotches on their faces. Their hooves are long and thin to deal with the Sitatunga’s swampy habitat. Males have a mane as well as horns, which are twisted and can reach almost 40 inches in length.

Sitatunga Marshbuck