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What is Special about the Ugandan Kob

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The Ugandan kob (Kobus kob thomasi) is a subspecies of the kob, a type of antelope. It wears a coat of sandy-brown, distinguishing it from other kob subspecies.

A Ugandan kob appears on the coat of arms of Uganda, along with a grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps).

The Ugandan kob is similar in appearance to the impala, an animal from which the name Kampala is derived. The kob is more sturdily built and a little larger than the impala, however.

Only the males have horns, which are “lyre-shaped, strongly ridged and divergent. Males are slightly larger than females, being 90 to 100 cm (3.0 to 3.3 ft) at the shoulder, with an average weight of 94 kg (207 lb), while females are 82 to 92 cm (2.7 to 3.0 ft) at the shoulder and on average weigh about 63 kg (139 lb).”

In order to artfully dodge a beast of prey, kobs will leap into the air or seek refuge in water or reed beds. Which usually puts them “leaps and bounds” ahead of their pursuers.

It has a social behavior that is quite unlike that of any other species of antelope. No other antelope species exist in such high concentrations.
They have matting ground and only here does mating take place. This mating ground is occupied by the best breeding males. These have won their place here through brute force and stamina. A single mating ground may have hundreds of kobs.


Courtship in Uganda kob

Courtship among Uganda Kobs is very elaborate and quite prolonged. It is a somewhat complicated pattern of rubbing flanks, nuzzling, sniffing, flexing legs, with the female at one point urinating over the males nose to heighten his sexual excitement. On completion of the copulation process, the male kob gives off a high, penetrating whistle.

The Uganda kobs also breed year round and have an eight month gestation period.

There are sizable populations of Uganda kob in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. It was widely distributed all across East Africa, but due to human expansion and farming, they are now extinct in Tanzania and Kenya.


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