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The Nile Lechwe is an aquatic antelope that is specially adapted to live in the floodplains of the Nile River Valley in Sudan and Ethiopia. You can tell they are designed to live in swamp areas because of their long, slender hooves, which help them walk or run through the water and mud. Male lechwe have a shaggy beard which runs down their neck. They mark this with their own urine to show their dominance to other males!

In the wild, lechwe are under increasing threat because of cultural instability in the areas they live, as well as the increasing amounts of cattle that encroach on their habitat.

Conservation status | Endangered

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Scientific name

Kobus megaceros






12 years

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