Sharpes Greisbock Raphicerus sharpei (Thomas, 1897)


English: Sharpe’s Grysbuck; French; Raphicère de Sharp; Kiswahili: Dondoro; Shangan: Pitsipitsi; Sindebele: Himba; Shona: Deke,Timba.

Former distribution: As now.
Present distribution: Central and southern Tanzania, south-eastern Zaire, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, north-eastern Botswana, eastern Swaziland and north-eastern Transvaal.
Behaviour: Preferred habitat: low-growing bush and scrub woodlands; usually they live singly and are generally active at night; they are predominantly browsers of leaves and herbs, but also eat grass. Predators include leopards, cheetahs, servals, jackals, hyenas and pythons.
Population status: No records, probably stable.
Brief notes:
Body weight: 8-13 kg
Head and body length: 65 -75 cm
Tail length: 6-8 cm
Shoulder height: 45-55 cm
Gestation period: 7 months
Maximum age: No records
Trophy: Record SCI: 9 6/8 score, 1978 Zimbabwe, L. DAVID HALL M.D.; average 5 score. RW’s: 4 1/8″, 1967 Mozambique, M. CARRELO; average 1 1/2″.
Hunting methods: Stalking.
Remarks: Grysbucks are very little known; more information required on behaviour and population status.