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Antelope: Bushbuck

Unread post by gwendolen » Sun Oct 01, 2006 8:32 am

Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus)

Bushbuck at Lake Panic
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Classification
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Tragelaphus

Other names
French: Guib harnaché
German: Buschbock
Dutch: Bosbok

Bushbuck are found south of the Sahara, in forest and woodland, where they can easily conceal themselves.

Male bushbucks are bigger than females, ranging from 70 to 100 cm. Females are 65 to 85 cm tall. Only males have horns, which usually spiral once and are fairly straight, and grow up to a half meter long. Females are usually a lighter brown than males. Both sexes have white spots and stripes, both sexes darken with age.

Bushbuck are primarily nocturnal, but are also fairly active during the day. bushbuck are usually single, sometimes in pairs or in small groups of ewes and lambs.

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Unread post by Freda » Sun Oct 01, 2006 9:12 am

Also at Lake Panic :)
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There were crocs nearby so these lillypads must really taste lekker :shock:

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Unread post by Johann » Mon Oct 02, 2006 1:10 pm

Lake Panic always provides.

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Unread post by niknak » Mon Oct 02, 2006 8:44 pm

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Close to the turnoff to Jakalsbessie camp on H1-2

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Oct 03, 2006 6:56 am

Letaba is a dead sure place to see these antelope. :D
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Unread post by Henk » Sun Sep 23, 2007 8:31 pm

Saw the biggest bushbuck ever today near Stilbay in the southern cape, but the best was that it was completely black

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:49 pm

Ja Henk our East Cape Bushbuck are known for their dark colour...have a look at this monster Ram taken at Addo in full fighting mode!

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Unread post by zeedoc » Sat Oct 06, 2007 11:13 am

The best place to bushbuck in kruger are in those rest camps with river frontage. The bushbucks love the riverine vegetation between the fence and the water. Berg en Dal , Lower Sabie and Skukuza are favourites.
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Unread post by Nico » Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:29 pm

In this little video, you see a mother with her calf working on their bonding. I filmed this in Letaba camp. :wink:

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Unread post by Liam » Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:45 pm

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In front of Protea Hotel, just outside Kruger Gate.
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Unread post by Henk » Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:34 pm

Saw this guy in Addo last week
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Re: Antelope: Bushbuck

Unread post by african_wild_cat » Thu Jul 03, 2008 2:03 am

gwendolen wrote:bushbuck are usually single, sometimes in pairs or in small groups of ewes and lambs.


Could this perhaps be a regional thing? We used to have about 30 or so bushbuck living within a 20km radius from our house in the Eastern Cape and apart from old bulls, I have rarely seen a bushbuck on his/her own. Always in little family groups or a ram and ewe (sometimes one ram with two ewes) and if we were lucky they had young ones with them. So, I've never really thought of them as solitary creatures. Is it possible for a species to socialize differently in different geographical areas or is this just coincidence?

We were also lucky enough to see some bushbuck on our front lawn at night on a couple of occasions. And we have an old colour slide of a confused bushbuck wandering between the houses in broad daylight. It found its way into the bush eventually... after being supplied with a road map and a strict lecture on the dangers of the suburban jungle... :wink:
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Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:11 am

I have seen quite a lot of bush buck along the Garden Route in recent years. Hopefully the senseless hunting of them will stop around there to allow them to continue to flourish in numbers.
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Re: Antelope: Bushbuck

Unread post by Knapie » Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:03 pm

Kanniedood dam in August

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