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Black lechwe fact file

Black lechwe description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCetartiodactyla
FamilyBovidae
GenusKobus Black lechwe biology

Black lechwe are found in large, loose herds in which no strict social system exists Black lechwe range

Found in Zambia, southern Africa. The majority of the population occurs at Lake Bangweulu Black lechwe habitat

Lechwe inhabit floodplains, bordering swamps Black lechwe status

Classified as Vulnerable (VU) by the IUCN Red List 2002 Black lechwe threats

Hunting and the construction of hydroelectric dams, which eliminate floodplain habitat by altering river systems, are the major threats to the survival of this aquatic antelope Black lechwe conservation

Information not available at present.

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Find out more

For more information on the black lechwe see Ultimate Ungulate:
http://www.ultimateungulate.com

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Authentication

Authenticated (03/09/07) by Dr David Mallon, Co-chair of IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Gromammals

Glossary

Lekking system
System of mating in which males display collectively in an area known as a lek. Males compete for the best sites within the lek and females then choose whom to mate with on the basis of the display.
Subspecies
A different race of a species, which is geographically separated from other populations of that species.
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References

  1. IUCN Red List (November, 2002)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. Ultimate Ungulate (November, 2002)
    http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Kobus_leche.html
  3. CITES (November, 2002)
    http://www.cites.org
  4. Macdonald, D. (2001) The New Encyclopedia of Mammals. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  5. Alden, P.C. (1995) Collins Guide to African Wildlife. HarperCollins, London.
  6. Animal Diversity Web (November, 2002)
    http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/accounts/kobus/k._leche$narrative.html
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Female black lechwe walking  
Female black lechwe walking

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