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Greater Kudu . By: Logan Hayes. Classification. Physical Characteristics . Height : About 3.2-5.2 feet tall Length : 73.82 inches long Weight: 565 lbs. Brown hair with 6-12 thin white stripes along its back Crest of hair along its spine & under its chin. Distribution .

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greater kudu

Greater Kudu

By: Logan Hayes

physical characteristics
Physical Characteristics
  • Height : About 3.2-5.2 feet tall
  • Length : 73.82 inches long
  • Weight: 565 lbs.
  • Brown hair with 6-12 thin white stripes along its back
  • Crest of hair along its spine & under its chin
distribution
Distribution

The Greater Kudu spread themselves from Chad to the Red Sea, South to the Eastern Cape, West to Namibia, and North to mid-Angola.

habitat
Habitat

The Greater Kudu’s habitat consists mostly of Eastern and Southern Africa where there is very fertile land. The area that they live is woodland areas and more open country.

conservation status
Conservation Status

The total population of the Greater Kudu is at 482,000. About 15% of them are in protected areas and 67% are on private land. The population is usually increasing in protected areas and on private land and decreasing other places by about 24%. This does not currently meet the standard for threatened or near threatened status. The IUCN Red List conservation status categorizes the Greater Kudu as “Least Concern”.

reproductive characteristics
Reproductive Characteristics

Only give birth to 1 calf every season

Greater Kudu has gestation period from 6-7 months

Attract mates by fighting with horns

parental care
Parental Care

Newborn Stays alone with mother away from herd for 3-4 months

Sixmonthold Continues to stay close to mother but has joined the herd

Tenmonthold Independence

longevity mortality
Longevity & Mortality
  • Live about 25 years in captivity
  • Live about 7-8 years in the wild
  • Male or female no difference in longevity

life span…

seasonal patterns
Seasonal Patterns

There are very little seasonal patterns that the greater kudu undergo. They may travel slightly to different areas to find more vegetation depending on the season. They are seasonal breeders between February and June shortly after the rainy season.

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Diet

The Greater Kudu eats different types of fruits like oranges & tangerines but also leaves, vines, flowers, and bitter herbs. They eat mostly wild watermelons in the dry season.

predator relationships
Predator Relationships

Often hunted by:

  • Lions
  • Eagles
  • Cheetahs
  • Humans
  • Leopards
  • Pythons
  • Spotted Hyenas
human relationships
Human Relationships
  • Zoo’s
  • Captivity
  • Hunting
fun facts
Fun Facts
  • Is active for about 24 hours of the day
  • They can run 35 mph…females can run miles w/o stopping
  • Are capable of jumping 7 ft. in the air
  • Have a strong enough kick to break a wild dog’s neck
works cited
Works Cited
  • Works Cited
  • The Animal Files. Liza Carruthers, Nov. 2006. Web. 27 Feb. 2013. <http://www.theanimalfiles.com/mammals/hoofed_mammals/kudu_greater.html>.
  • Cook, Fred, Dr, et al., comps. THE ENCYLCOPEDIA OF ANIMALS. Sydney, Australia: Sheena Coupe, 2004. Print.
  • Coppard, Kip. Africa's Animal Kingdom. London: PRC Publishing, 2001. Print.
  • Greater Kudu. Brent Huffman, 22 Mar. 2004. Web. 27 Feb. 2013. <http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Tragelaphus_strepsiceros.html>.
  • InterestingFunFacts.com. nainaparashar, 2012. Web. 24 Mar. 2013. <http://www.interestingfunfacts.com/fun-facts-about-kudu.html>.
  • Stuart, Chris, and Tilde Stuart. Africa's Vanishing Wildlife. South Africa: Southern Book Publishers Ltd, 1996. Print.