Kingdom : Animalia
                   Class : Mammalia
                Family : Bovidae
 Scientific Name : Tragelaphus Strepsiceros

                     Size : 0.8 - 1.2m (31 - 47in)
                Weight : 120 - 256kg 
                                (265 - 565lbs)
          Top Speed : 95km/h (60mph)
           Life Span : 8 - 14 years

                Colour : Brown, Grey, Red
           Skin Type : Hair
Special Features : Large ears and 
                               white stripes on body
  1. Kudus are a subspecies of antelopes found in Africa.
  2. They inhabit the savanna plains and mixed shrub woodlands in Southern and Eastern Africa.
  3. They depend on the dense, close thickets to hide and protect themselves, when threatened.
  4. There are two species- The Greater Kudu and the Lesser Kudu.
  5. Both the species look very similar and are closely related but the greater kudu is slightly larger than the lesser kudu.
  6. The vertical stripes down their body also differ in number.
  7. With the lesser kudu having exactly 10 stripes and the greater kudu having between 4 and 12.
  8. They are herbivore feeding on leaves, bushes, flowers, berries, fruits and herbs.
  9. Their natural predators are lions, wild dogs, leopards, cheetahs and large pythons.
  10. Though they run very fast, they can’t outrun their predators, so they leap into the forests and hide there.
  11. Male Kudus are mostly solitary in nature and the female kudus form small herds along with their young.
  12. They breed at the end of the rainy season and the female kudu gives birth to a single calf in February or March.
  13. Interestingly, human settlements have pushed out the kudus to different areas where they benefitted from better food.
  14. Some local people have believed kudu to be sacred animals, thereby protecting them.
  15. Despite this, humans have also hunted them as they are seen as an easy target for them to hunt.

 

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