Trophy Size

The long spiral structured horns are vaguely lyre-shaped, they are found only in males. The elegantly swept back horns are found only in males, and grow 18-37 in. long. They are thin and back-slanted, with upturned tips, and are ridged along most of their length.

Weight

From 150 to 265 pounds.

Name: Lechwe, or Southern Lechwe
Scientific Name: Kobus leche

Trophy Fee: $2,350

Description

Lechwe are golden brown with a white belly. Males are darker in color, but general hue varies depending on subspecies. The hind legs are somewhat longer than in other antelopes, to ease long-distance running in marshy soil. Males generally darken with age. The underparts, neck, chin, mouth and lips are white. The body is long, with the hindquarters higher than the shoulders. The hooves are long and relatively narrow, as an adaptation to the marshy environment. Extremely at ease in the water, animals are regularly seen grazing in shoulder-deep water. They are good swimmers, but prefer to wade while walking on boggy ground. On solid land, their long, soft hooves are a disadvantage. Therefore, as seasonal floods and draughts occur, herds move in step with the water, grazing on the periphery of the flood plain.

Habitat

Lechwe are found in marshy areas where they eat aquatic plants. They use the knee-deep water as protection from predators. Their legs are covered in a water repelling substance allowing them to run quite fast in knee-deep water.

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