Jacksoni Alcelaphus buselaphus
Head and body measurements: 160-215cm
Height range: 107-150cm
Female: 116-185kg, male: 125-218kg
Description: It resembles a monster from the Chronicles of Narnia. Light brown body with an upslope, curving horns on hollow bases (pedicels) on both sexes, and an extended forehead. It is related to the wildebeest.
Breeding occurs nearly entirely in Uganda around May, at the conclusion of the rainy season. In some locations, it may last the entire year. After an 8-month gestation period, a single child is born. Nutrition affects growth rates. Some people reach sexual maturity at one year, while others take up to four years.
Where to seek for them: This is Uganda’s sole national park where you may observe Jackson’s hartebeest (Kidepo). Frequently intermingled with female waterbuck herds. Most commonly found in the transition zones (ecotones) between woods and savannah.
Conservation Status: The meat appears to be quite good, and the animal is rather easy to hunt. Competition from cattle is another issue. Although not currently endangered, one subspecies has been extinct, and many more are in decline.
Life expectancy: up to 19 years
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