Mountain Reedbuck

Mountain Reedbuck.


Name

Mountain Reedbuck [Redunca fulvorufula]

Appearance

The Mountain Reedbuck is a medium-sized, graceful and shy antelope. Rams attain a mass of about 32 Kg and measures 750mm at shoulder. Ewes are smaller at 30 Kg. Fur is predominantly grey, but the head and shoulders are a reddish-brown. It has a fluffy white tail and striking white underparts. Forward curved horns are only found on rams. This species has long narrow ears.

Diet

The Mountain Reedbuck is a grazer and needs an adequate supply of fresh water.

Breeding

Ewes give birth to single lambs mainly during summer, after a gestation period of eight months. Young reach adult body size at two years. Young ewes become sexually active as early as 15 months.

Behaviour

When it runs with its characteristic rocking gait, with tail up, it shows the white underside. They occur in small herds of three to eight individuals, though up to 30 has been seen together. The larger groups seem to be temporary as they will disperse into smaller units when disturbed. Young rams are forced out of herds to form bachelor groups until sexual maturity and readiness to challenge the right to mating opportunities of territorial rams. Usually there is only one adult ram in a family group.

Habitat

Their natural habitat is, as their name suggests, mountainous terrain and they can be seen on mountain slopes feeding or resting in the shade and camouflage of the thick bush.

Where they are found

Distribution is restricted to the mountain slopes of the Gauteng, the Drakensberg, as well as the Karoo koppies along the upper Orange River. The Mountain Reedbuck is quite common in a suitable habitat.

Vital Statistics

Latin Name
Redunca Fulvorufula
Weight (Female)
15 - 34 kg
Weight (Male)
24 - 36 kg
Gestation Period
8 months
No of Young
1 lambBirth Weight
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Breeding
A single young is born anytime during the year (peaks in December - January) after a gestation period of about 8 months.

Spoor Description

There is almost no difference between the Mountain Reedbuck and the reedbuck's spoor. The Mountain Reedbuck's may be slightly smaller.



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