Kleiner Kudu Tragelaphus imberbis (Blyth, 1869)


English: Lesser Kudu; French: Petit Koudou; Acholi: Nyamugata; Amharic: Ambarayelle, Sara; Dborobo: Chaihoo; Galla: Gadams; Kiswahili: Tandala ndogo; Maasai: Emato Enhatu; Somah: Anderio or Gdoir.

Former distribution: As now.
Present distribution: Eastern and southern Ethiopia, Somalia, southern Sudan, Kenya, north-east Tanzania, northern Uganda.
Behaviour: Preferred habitat: semi-arid thick bush regions; living singly or in pairs: predominantly browsers of twigs, leaves, fruits, roots and grasses; they are active at twilight and by day. Predators include leopards, wild dogs, lions and – for the calves – serval, caracal, baboons and pythons.
Population status: Stable. Estimated numbers: no records.
Brief notes:
Body weight: 90-110 kg
Head and body length: 160-175 cm
Tail length: 30-40 cm
Shoulder height: 95-105 cm
Gestation period: 222 days
Maximum age: probably 12-15 years
Trophy: Record SCI: 81 1/8 score, 1976 Kenya, WOLFGANG SCHENK; average 62 score. RW’s: 36″, A. BOLLE; average 27″.
Hunting methods: Stalking.
Subspecies: 2
1. Tragelaphus i. imberbis Somalia, Ogaden in Ethiopia. Stable.
2. Tragelaphus i. australis Kenya and north-east Tanzania. Stable.
Remarks: The validity of 2 subspecies is not clear; a revision is needed, as well information on population status.