Bushbuck

Bushbuck

Cape bushbuck, Imbabala

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Family
Subfamily
Genus
SPECIES
Tragelaphus sylvaticus
Population size
1,340,000
Life Span
15 yrs
WEIGHT
45-80 kg
HEIGHT
90 cm

The bushbuck is a widespread species of antelope in Sub-Saharan Africa. These animals have a light brown coat, with up to seven white stripes and white splotches on the sides. The white patches are usually geometrically shaped and on the most mobile parts of their body such as the ears, chin, tail, legs, and neck. The muzzle is also white and horns are found only on the males.

Distribution

Bushbuck occur from the Cape in South Africa to Angola and Zambia and up the eastern part of Africa to Ethiopia and Somalia. These antelopes live in rain forests, montane forests, forest-savanna mosaics, and bush savanna forest and woodland.

Bushbuck habitat map

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Bushbuck are the only not territorial and solitary animals. The mature males usually go out of their way to stay away from each other. They live within a "home" area, which is usually around 50 000 square meters on the savannah and much larger in the forest, which they do not normally leave. These areas usually overlap other bushbuck home areas. These antelopes are usually most active during early morning and part of the night but tend to be nocturnal near human habitations. They spend their day feeding, standing and moving about. When threatened bushbuck will lie flat on the ground, or may run away producing series of hoarse barks. When feeling the danger in the open area, they may stand still or will slowly walk to the nearest cover.

Group name
Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Bushbuck are herbivorous (folivorous) animals. They eat different herbs and the leaves, twigs, and flowers of various plant species. On rare occasions, they will also eat fresh grass.

Mating Habits

REPRODUCTION SEASON
year-round
PREGNANCY DURATION
7 months
BABY CARRYING
1 calf
FEMALE NAME
doe
MALE NAME
buck
BABY NAME
calf

Little is known about the mating system in bushbuck. Breeding takes place throughout the year with the peak during the rainy season in dry regions. Females give birth to a single calf after the gestation period that lasts around 7 months. After giving birth the mother leaves her calf well hidden and visits only to nurse it. The young calf starts to come out with its mother during the day when it is about 4 months old. Females become reproductively mature at 14 months age while males reach reproductive maturity at 11 months but generally do not mate until the age of 3 years.

Population

Population threats

The main threat to bushbuck is habitat loss due to the unsustainable growth of agriculture, settlements, and roads. Hunting pressures pose another threat to these animals in parts of their range as some local tribes continue to hunt bushbuck for their skin.

Population number

According to the IUCN Red List, the total population size of bushbuck is around 1,340,000 individuals. Currently, this species is classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List and its numbers today are stable.

References

1. Bushbuck on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_bushbuck
2. Bushbuck on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22051/115165242

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