The Lechwe is a medium to large antelope, adapted for a wetlands habitat and they are found in South Africa. They are red in colour with white underside and black markings on the front legs. An adult male lechwe can get to around 1.m (39″) tall at the shoulder and apart from being larger than the females the major difference is that males have a set of horns and females do not. Water is essential to their ecosystem, lechwe are grazing animals that feed on aquatic plants and the grass planes alongside waterways. Water also provides a safe place for lechwe from predators such as African wild dogs.
Wild populations of Lechwe only really survive in private parks, poaching and the disruption of the natural water systems for use in human activities has lead to a reduction in their numbers.
Our Antelope Section
The Lechwe you can see grazing on the antelope section of the safari are Kafue Flats lechwe from Zambia. The reserve has a mixture of African antelope with the lower area being wetland and the preferred habitat for lechwe. There are natural ponds in this area which flood in heavy rain, the lechwe herd make the most of this and can often be seen in the floodwater as you drive by.
Found in wetland habitats of south central Africa
Lechwe are grazers, their diet consists of grasses and aquatic plants.
Lechwe are found in the wetlands of south and central Africa.
Classed as vulnerable in the wild, they are at risk of becoming endangered. Wild populations of Lechwe only really survive in private parks, poaching and the disruption of the natural water systems for use in human activities has lead to a reduction in their numbers.