Sitatunga

Tragelaphus spekii

About the Sitatunga

Sitatunga inhabit the swamps of Africa and often live on their own. When alarmed, they hide underwater, leaving only the tips of their noses showing. Their elongated hooves and flexible joints make them perfectly adapted to living in boggy areas.

 

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They are a small to medium antelope

Sitatunga live close to water, they have water repellent fur and splayed hooves that help them to walk in boggy ground

When startled, a sitatunga will head for water, submerging their entire body with only their nose and eyes breaking the surface until danger has passed

Sitatunga are herbivores feeding on vegetation that grows in their wetland habitat, grazing the grasses and browsing on tree foliage, forest fruits and aquatic plants.

Sitatunga can be found in the wetland forests of central and western Africa.

Sitatunga are animals that depend on a wetland forest habitat, they are a species which play a role in the regeneration of the forest plants as well as being a prey species for the predators sharing their home ranges. They are listed as least concern with a decreasing population,  this means they are at risk from becoming near threatened and a further step closer to becoming an endangered species.

You can explore the equatorial trail either from a raised viewing platform, on the miniature train ‘equatorial express’ or by boat during the spring and summer seasons. The equatorial express train will take you through the equatorial trail giving great views of the capybara, tapir and sitatunga antelope. Tickets for the express train can be bought from the information centre. The boating lake takes you alongside the equatorial trail so you can have the opportunity of seeing the animals either on land or in the water.

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