Weißnacken-Moorantilope Kobus megaceros (Fitzinger, 1855)


English: Nile Lechwe; French: Cobe de Mrs. Gray; Amharic: Lechewe; Arabic: Teel; Dinka: Abokk; Enkalube: Songe; Nuer: Til; Shilluk: Gyek.

Former distribution: As now.
Present distribution: Southern Sudan (Swamps of Bahr-el-Gebel, Bahr-el-Ghasal, Sobat, Pibor), south-west Ethiopia, (Gambela district, the rivers Balo and Ghila).
Behaviour: Preferred habitat: swamps and flooded marshes; active at twilight and at night; form herds of up to several thousand. For other habits, see Wasserbock
Population status: Vulnerable. Estimated numbers: no records.
Brief notes:
Body weight: 100-120 kg
Head and body length: 150-170 cm
Tail length: 40-50 cm
Shoulder height: 90-105 cm
Gestation period: No records
Maximum age: 10 years
Trophy: Record SCI: 82 4/8 score, 1978 Sudan, J.R. ULRICH II; average 64 score. RW’s: 34 1/4″, 1978 Sudan, J.R. ULRICH II; average 28″.
Hunting methods: With beaters and by boat.
Remarks: Very little is known about their behaviour; more information needed. The destruction of habitat continues and this may lead to a continuous decrease in population. Only the males carry horns.