Lechwe are a herd animal, typically from 10 to 40 animals. These beautiful African antelope thrive in swamps and river flood plains with extensive reed beds, particularly the Okavango Delta of Botswana and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia. They are accomplished swimmers, though not fast on dry land, which is why they will bolt for deeper water on being disturbed by a predator. Only the bull (male) has the horns, females are smaller in size.
The Kafue Lechwe, (Kobus leche kafuensis) is native of the floodplains of the Kafue in Zambia.
The Black Lechwe, Kobus leche smithemani, occurs in the Bangwelu swamps of north-eastern Zambia.
They can also be found as introduced species in parts of South Africa (RSA) mainly on game ranches or as escapee populations.
Lechwe Bull taxidermy
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