Saturday, November 3, 2012

Bohor Reedbuck

Bohor Reedbuck
On first glance, the Bohor Reedbuck isn't a flashy antelope. They have short horns, a small to medium build, and sandy, patternless coats. But wait till you hear them and watch them move!

Like a few other species of small antelope, the Bohor Reedbuck likes to hide from predators in tall reeds and grasses. The lack of visibility caused by these tall plants has led the species to create an entire system of shrill screams and whistles in order to communicate. These sounds are used to warn against danger and to mark territory (they do not scent mark). They also posses the ability to perform amazing jumps and leaps which vary in height and length.

You will find the Bohor Reedbuck in Central Africa, living in grassland and wetland areas. They have flexible social groups-- some live alone, other in small groups, and others still in much larger ones (though the large herds usually tend to happen during particularly dry seasons). The Bohor Reedbucks are nocturnal, spending their nights foraging for food. During those aforementioned dry seasons, they will forage well into the daytime as well, in order to get their required sustenance.

There is no specific breeding season, though rainy seasons are more popular. Only one calf is born at a time, and like their parents, they spend a good deal of time in hiding. Newborn calves will stay hidden and secluded for up to 8 weeks.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Central Africa
Size : Length up to 4.5ft (1.4m), Weight up to 140lbs (65kg)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Mammalia -- Order : Artiodactyla
Family : Bovidae -- Genus : Redunca -- Species : R. redunca

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