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Sitatunga

Tragelaphus spekei (Speke, 1863)

Sitatunga diorama in the African Mammal Hall

Scene:

 Swamp near Lake Victoria, Kenya

Sponsor:

 Leslie Simson

Background artist:

 Frank J. McKenzie

Also present:

 Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata),
White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus)

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.


Biological Information

Range map for the sitatunga

Range:

Western and central Africa

Habitat:

Swamps bordering rivers and lakes

Status:

Not endangered except in Kenya, Chad, and Zimbabwe

Diet:

Succulent water plants and shoots of young reeds

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for sitatunga.