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Kudu Antelope

The Kudu Antelope (tragelaphus strepsiceros) is ubiquitous in the grass and tree savannahs of Namibia, also outside the game reserves. The gracious animals are great jumpers and can even jump over two metre high farm fences, sometimes posing a hazard for the traffic on the roads.

Kudu bulls reach a shoulder height of 1,50 metres and carry mighty screw-shaped horns. They can weigh up to 270 kg. Their fur is grey-brown and has a couple of white stripes. The cows are a bit smaller, don't have horns and their fur is of a lighter colour. They can weigh up to 200 kg. Both genders have big ears with white fringes and a bushy tail with a white underside.


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Kudu cows live with their calves normally in family groups of up to 12 individuals. During rutting season they are accompanied by bulls who usually live in separate bachelor herds.

The gravity is 7 months. Calves are born between November and January. Their life expectancy is 15 years.

Kudus feed on leaves, sprouts and fresh grass.