The Kudu of Timbavati Wildlife Park
Greetings Friends, this week we’re talking about the Kudu! This animal is a type of antelope from the more arid parts of Africa. A Greater Kudu stands 4 to 5 feet in height and males can weigh anywhere from 500 to 700 pounds. Female Kudu weigh anywhere from 400 to 500 pounds. In contrast a lesser Kudu stands 3 to 4 feet in height and the males will weigh 130-to 200 pounds.
These antelope have really long spiraled horns like a few of the antelope species in Africa do. The best way I can identify one is by the marking of stripes down their sides combined with spots. They also have a mane that travels along their spines. Kudu like to hang out in dense brushes or forests. The color of their coat combined with their markings help for camouflaging defense.
Kudu are herbivores that enjoy a diet of grasses, fruits, leaves and roots. They can also go for long periods without water like most animals that enjoy drier climates.
Males live mostly solitary lives. They will spar with another of the same stature and size competing for male dominance. They will also compete for mating rights. Females will live in small groups with the young. The gestation period is about 8 months at the end of which the mother will give birth to a single baby.
When you ride the Safari Train or even just visit the Grasslands Area of Timbavati Wildlife Park, you’re sure to encounter our Kudu! Check out this week’s video for more fun facts about the Kudu!