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The Kudu

the KuduA kudu is a woodland antelope, sparsely populated in most all areas, due to deforestation, hunting and a declining habitat.
Some tribes believe that the kudu is sacred and should be protected. The kudu has had to move to other areas over the years,
because of human settlements. With better food source and water source, this has helped the kudu to repopulate.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

The kudu reaches a height of 55 inches and a weight of up to 565 pounds. It has a shorter lifespan in the wild of 7 to 8 years and up to 23 years in captivity.
There are two of the African kudu species, the greater kudu and the lesser kudu. The lesser kudu can be distinguished by the fact, it has only 10 white stripes, while the greater kudu has can have 4 to 12 stripes. They are brownish in color with long, spirally curved horns.

HABITAT AND LOCATION

The kudu live in the dense bush or range, which extends from east Africa into the south, where they are found in such places as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Botswana and Nambia. You will see them close to a constant supply of water, along with thick bush, rocky hillsides and riverbeds. Occasionally, you may see them on the open plains, but usually they avoid open
Areas, so as not to be an easy target for their predators. The kudu predators, are hunting dogs, spotted hyenas, leopards, nnd of course, humans who have, according to the local people, caused many of the problems that the kudu are facing.

DIET

The kudu is herbivorous. Their diet consists of shoots, tubers, roots, fruits, leaves, and grass.

BREEDING

The kudu herds are usually small and consist of about 24. The male kudus are usually solitary, so the herd, consist of females and their calves. The only time they come together is when it time to mate. The end of the rainy season is usually when they mate. The gestational period is about 8 months and the female kudu usually gives birth to only one baby.