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Animals: WATERBUCK

 
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Waterbuck - Kobus ellipsiprymnus
           
 
 
Habitat requirements    
Waterbuck prefer areas near water, such as rivers and dry floodplains. They are never found far from water. They will also take up residence in areas where only artificial waterholes are present and will leave these areas if the waterholes are shut down
 
Food preference    

Waterbuck are predominantly grazers. Grasses that are utilised include Cynodon dactylon, Themeda triandra, Panicum mazimum, Heteropogon contortus, Digitaria eriantha and Diheteropodon amplectens

 
Water requirements    
Waterbuck are water dependent and utilise approximately 9 litres per day.
 
Minimum viable group size    
10
 
Sex ratio    
Two males for every three females
 
Herd population growth per annum    
20 percent
 
Life span    

14 years