Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bohor Reedbuck

The bohor reedbuck is an antelope with a yellow to grayish brown coat and white undersides. It has a dark stripe on the front of each foreleg, white under the tail, and a pale ring of hair around the eyes and along the lips, lower jaw and upper throat. Males are 10 to 20% larger than females and have horns that are about 10 to 14 inches long. Females do not have horns. 
Female bohor reedbuck in Masai Mara, Kenya.
They camouflage themselves among reeds and grasses and hide rather than run from danger. When threatened they remain motionless or retreat slowly into dense cover. When I asked our guide, Stephen, why we were not seeing any reedbucks, this is the reason he gave. 

They are found from West Africa to East Africa, but not northern or southern Africa. 

We only saw one on our trip, in Masai Mara, and it was getting dark, on our way back to the lodge. My picture is horrible, but I present it because it is all I have. 
Male bohor reedbuck from Wikipedia.
There are five subspecies. We saw R.r.wardi, which is found in Uganda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and eastern Africa. 

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