Kobus the Waterbuck..

The waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) is a large antelope found widely in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Waterbuck stand 120 to 136 cm (47 to 54 in) at the shoulder. Head-and-body length ranges 140 to 240 cm (55 to 94 in) and tail length from 10 to 45 cm (3.9 to 18 in). Males weigh 200–300 kg (440–660 lb.) and females 160–200 kg (350–440 lb.). Their coats are reddish brown in colour and become progressively darker with age; they have a white ‘bib’ under their throats and white on their rumps. The waterproofing secretions of the waterbuck’s sweat glands produces an unpleasant odour in its meat, unless the animal is skinned carefully. According to African myth the meat of the waterbuck is not edible, but this is untrue—whilst not especially tasty, waterbuck venison is safe to eat. The long spiral structured horns, found only in males, sweep back and up. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Kobus (New Latin) from koba, an African name. ellipsiprymnus refers to the white ring on the rump. (Damn even I didn’t know that)

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23 thoughts on “Kobus the Waterbuck..

  1. So interesting about the effect of the Waterbuck’s sweat glad secretions on the meat taste…and how it’s really safe but not tasty! You are going to become a walking encyclopedia soon too!! They are so beautiful BD – and I love the setting you captured them in. ~ Fantastic post once again friend 🙂

    • Thanks .. they are actually a beautiful antelope and when you see them in deep water feeding on the reeds.. you wonder why the crocodiles don’t take them.. maybe they don’t like the taste of the meat.. who knows..

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