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The sitatunga or marsh buck is a swamp-dwelling antelope found throughout Central Africa. It prefers papyrus swamps and is a very good swimmer. Its hooves are long and thin to help support its weight in a swampy environment.
Sitatunga have a waterproof coat, which is dark brown in males and reddish brown in females. Males have a mane as well as horns, which are twisted and can reach three feet in length.
Western and central Africa
Swamps bordering rivers and lakes
Not endangered except in Kenya, Chad, and Zimbabwe
Succulent water plants and shoots of young reeds
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for sitatunga.