Uganda Kob

Uganda Kob

Mammalia

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION

COMMON NAME: Uganda kob
KINGDOM: Animalia
PHYLUM: Chordata
CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Artiodactyla
FAMILY: Bovidae
GENUS SPECIES: Kobus (native African name) kob thomasi (scientific explorer);thomasi represents sub-species

FAST FACTS

DESCRIPTION: The Uganda kob is a medium-sized antelope with a medium brown coat, medium length horns and large ears.
SIZE:  
MALE 90-100 cm (37-40 in.)
FEMALE 82-92 cm (32-36 in.)
WEIGHT:
MALE About 94 kg (207 lb.)
FEMALE About 63 kg (139 lb.)
DIET: Mostly feeds on tender green grasses
GESTATION: Gestation lasts approximately 7.5-9 months; Typically a single offspring at a time. After birth, the young lie concealed for about 6 weeks, after which they follow their mothers.
SEXUAL MATURITY:
MALE At around 18 months
FEMALE At about 13 months
LIFE SPAN: Up to 17 years
RANGE: Senegal, West Africa to Kenya, East Africa
HABITAT: Inhabits moist savannas, flood plains, and margins of adjacent woodlands
POPULATION: GLOBAL Unknown
STATUS: IUCN Lower Risk/Conservation Dependent
CITES Not listed
USFWS Not listed

FUN FACTS

1. Males mark territory boundaries by whistling.
2. Kob breed year-round in East Africa with an 8-month gestation and generally one offspring.
3. In order to evade a predator, kobs will leap into the air or seek refuge in water or reed beds.

ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION

The Uganda kob is not protected and is abundant throughout its range. However, the range of the kob is shrinking.

By eating grasses, kobs help keep the plains in a state of re-growth, allowing new grasses to grow.

Kobs are an important food source for many larger predators, especially cheetahs, lions, hyenas, African wild dogs, and sometimes larger snakes.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Estes, R.D. The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals. Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing Co., 1993.

Gotch, A.F. Mammals-Their Latin Names Explained. Poole, U.K.: Blandford Press Btd., 1979.

Nowak, R. (ed.). Walkers Mammals of the World. Vol. II, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991.

Parker, S.P. (ed.). Grizmek's Encyclopedia of Mammals. Vol 5. New York: McGraw Hill Pub. Co., 1990.