Lechwe

Near threatened
Scientific name : Kobus leche

Where do they live?

Zambia, Angola, Botswana, Namibia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Did you know?

Lechwes can live in large groups, sometimes reaching several thousand individuals! Most often, the groups are unisex, but during the breeding season, the groups merge.

Lechwes are African antelopes that live in savannas and wetland areas. They are particularly well adapted to this environment. Their long hind legs help them run for long distances through the swamps. They are also able to run fast in shallow water, which helps them escape predators.
The hooves of lechwes are also well adapted to aquatic environments. They can reach speeds of 40 km/h on dry land and up to 60 km/h on wetlands. They are also impressive jumpers, leaping up to 6 m in length and 2 m in height.

Height

Up to 1.10 m tall at the shoulder.

Horns

Their horns can measure 45 to 90 cm and are present only in males.

Weight

From 60 to 130 kg.

Life expectancy

15 years.

Gestation period

7 to 8 months.

Keep up hope

Growing populations!

While the lechwe population reached half a million a century ago, it declined by almost 90% in the 1970s and 80s due to major construction of hydroelectric dams that modified the wetland areas. Today, lechwes live in or near protected areas, and populations are stabilizing or increasing.