These antelopes are widespread in Southeast Africa. In the rainy season they move to wooded areas, while in the dry one they look for food in savannas. They are most active after sunrise and in the evening. They spend most of their time grazing.
There is a hierarchy in the reproductive herd and the oldest, strongest female becomes its guide. Neighboring antelope groups compete for food and their herds are hostile towards each other.
The basis of their diet is grass. The cases of chewing bones by individuals of this species are known.
Males reach maturity at the age of 7-8 and females 5-6. However, they can start procreation earlier than that. Their pregnancy lasts 9 months and the young are born between January and March. For the first three months the calves remain hidden among tall grasses.
Did you know that…
antelope horns grow to around 8 years of age and reach a length of up to 70 cm in females and up to 100 cm in males.
- Latin name: Hippotragus niger
- IUCN Red List – LC – Least Concern
- CITES – Appendix II