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Southern Reedbuck Facts

TAXONOMY
Antilope arundinum (Boddaert, 1785), Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. Two subspecies.

OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Common reedbuck; French: Cobe des roseaux; German: Grossriedbock; Spanish: Redunca comun.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
Body size 4–5.Three ft (120–160 cm); shoulder top 2.1–3.5 ft (65–105 cm); tail size 7.2–12 in (18–30 cm); 86–209 lb (39–95 kg); feminine smaller than male. Horns 10–18.Four in (25–46 cm). Light brown to grey brown with whitish rings round eyes. Bushy tail is white beneath.

DISTRIBUTION
Subspecies R. a. occidentalis: southern Gabon to Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Angola and Tanzania, Zambia, and possibly northern Malawi and Mozambique; subspecies R. a. arundinum: northeastern Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and japanese South Africa.

HABITAT
Valley and upland grasslands. Requires tall grass, reedbeds, or herbaceous cowl, and water.

BEHAVIOR
Old bucks maintain everlasting territories, often with an attendant feminine; different people solitary, or in free herds of up to 20 animals within the dry season. Runs with an odd rockinghorse movement; attribute name is a shrill whistle.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Eats grasses and reed shoots; might browse throughout dry season.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY
Polygynous. Gestation interval 7.5 months. Births happen all year, however peak December–May. Weaning age unknown; ####ually mature at 1.5 years. Lifespan 10 years.

CONSERVATION STATUS
Lower Risk/Conservation Dependent. Range and numbers lowered considerably in some areas due to habitat loss and searching; in Malawi, now largely confined to reserves.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
Hunted for sport and for food.