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Unread post by vahine » Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:20 pm

a beautiful meeting at sunset ,on our way back to Olifant restcamp .... :D
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Unread post by zeedoc » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:25 pm

Read a very interesting story in a wildlife mag recently -
It goes something like this -

Wildogs attack waterbuck cows
Waterbuck calf runs into the water and heads for an island with a sleeping hippo on it
Waterbuck bull attacks wildogs
Hippo wakes up and chases waterbuck calf off island
Waterbuck calf heads back to shore but panics and goes back to island
Hippo goes crazy and chases calf off island
Hippo follows calf into water and bites it in half! ( well almost in half )
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Sat Dec 01, 2007 11:46 am

Common Waterbuck Kobus ellipsiprymnus

Mass: M: 160 - 260kg. F: 150 - 200kg
Life-Span: 12 - 15 years
Predators: Main predators are hyaena, lion and crocodile.

Description
The coat is coarse and shaggy. The underside and ring encircling the rump are white. No scent glands are present.

Behaviour
Dirunal and nocturnal, becoming more nocturnal in disturbed areas. Female territories may overlap bull territories. At 8-12 months of age, young males will join bachelor herds.

Reproduction
Breed all year. A single calf is born after a gestation period of 8 months weighing 13kg. It can walk within 30 minutes. At 8-9 months, males begin to develop their horns.

Diet
Mainly grazers, eating a viriety of grasses and reeds. Require water daily.
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Unread post by Nico » Sun Jan 20, 2008 12:37 pm

In this little video you see a fight between two male Waterbuck on the S92 between Balule and Olifants camp. :shock:


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Unread post by p@m » Sat May 03, 2008 10:23 pm

Saw this guy on 23rd April on the Gudzani road (S41).

He is very light -- his ring barely shows. Is he melanistic ?
Anyone else seen him ?

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Unread post by wildheart » Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:41 am

That is a very interesting looking waterbuck I wonder if he wasnt full of ash or maybe it was caused by the sunlight at that time. Did you watch him for a long time p@m?

I love watching them, I find the bulls very graceful and proud. Image

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Re: Antelope: Waterbuck

Unread post by Nico » Fri May 01, 2009 11:05 pm

In this little video, you can see the Macho behaviour of two males waterbuck that are impressing a female waterbuck.

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Re: Antelope: Waterbuck

Unread post by michaelpr » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:54 pm

Do waterbuck always have white circle on their backside? Here in a zoo in the Netherlands I say waterbuck with only a white 'fade' on their backside, so no circle! Do these come from other parts of Africa?

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Unread post by Tom124 » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:32 pm

Hi Michael,

Sorry about the delay. This is certainly an interesting question. Common waterbuck always have a white ring on their rump. However, as some waterbuck are introduced or cross-bred naturally in the wild, certain characterisitics will change.
Thus, some waterbuck won't have a white ring :D
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Re: Antelope: Waterbuck

Unread post by RUMURUTI » Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:33 pm

Hi michaelpr,
I've seen waterbuck throughout all East, West and Central African national parks and all had the white circle on their backsides.
It is also true that those found in certain areas have a very marked circle and dark fur while those in the semi-desert zones have a very faded one and also tend to have clear fur.
It really differs from area to area and depends a lot on both genetics and adaptation to the environment.
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Re: Antelope: Waterbuck

Unread post by michaelpr » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:44 pm

Thanks for your answers. This is the one I was talking about:
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Unread post by Richprins » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:46 pm

Hey, Michael!

The subspecies in question is the Defassa waterbuck, which would have provided some zoo specimens...

All the rest have pretty clearly defined rings! :wink:

The Defassa Waterbuck is a subspecies (Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa) in which the ring on the rump is solid white. The Defassa Waterbuck are found west of the Great Rift Valley, ranging from Ethiopia west to Senegal, while the Ellipsen Waterbuck occur in south-east Africa, east of the Great Rift Valley.

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Re: Antelope: Waterbuck

Unread post by michaelpr » Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:46 pm

Oh thanks RP! That explains it :)

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Re: Antelope: Waterbuck

Unread post by Toko » Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:54 am

Waterbuck in the water:

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