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A large, striped antelope, the lesser kudu is always on the lookout for predators like lions and painted dogs. Listening with its large ears, the kudu barks and flees with its tail up if it detects danger. Adult males, called bulls, generally live a solitary life, whereas females live in small groups.

lesser kudu in fall foliage

Did You Know?

Males have incredible spiraled horns. When they fight, they lock horns and have a shoving match.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Tragelaphus imberbis

East Africa

Shrubland, woodland and savanna

5.2 to 5.7 ft

15 years

Zoo Location:

Leaves, twigs, fruit and seed pods

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Near threatened)