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The Kudu of Timbavati Wildlife Park

By Chris Taylor Monday, March 18, 2019

Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. It’s almost spring! Yeahhhhhh. The winter is letting up and the snow banks are melting, cabin fever is coming to a close and the sunshine helps all of us grow. One animal that grows really big is the kudu.

The Kudu 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. Females 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.

Kudu Like To Hang Out In Dense Brushes…

The Kudu has 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. These antelope like to hang out in dense brushes or forests. The color of their coat combined with their markings help for camouflaging defense.

The Kudu is a herbivore that enjoys a diet of grasses, fruits, leaves and roots. It can also go for long periods without water like most animals that enjoy drier climates.

Males live mostly solitary lives and will compete for mating rights. Females will live in small groups with the young. The gestation period is 8 months at the end of which the mother will give birth to a single baby.

Timbavati Wildlife Park is an excellent place for you to bring your kids on spring break. We have two encounter tours that run daily at 11am and 1pm. Just enter through the gift shop. Spring is always a great time of year. The nurseries are going to fill up with a bunch of new surprises. That’s it for this week, check out the kudu in this week’s video.

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