Sitatunga in Swahili: nzohe (Tragelaphus spekei)

Shoulder height: 75 – 125 cm; weight: 50 – 120 kg. This semi-aquatic antelope, notable for its special adopted splayed hooves, is a widespread but infrequently observed inhabitant of African swamps from the Okavango in Botswana to the Sudd in South Sudan. Tanzania’s Rubondo island is one the few palces where it is readily observed. It is among the most sexually dimorphic of African antelopes. The tall and hefty male, with its largehorns and shaggy fawn coat, is all but unmistakable in its habitat. The smaller female might be mistaken for a bushbuck but is much drabber.

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