Bushbuck mortality, Kwelera River Mouth, East London


A routine coastal patrol by the museum along the coast between the Cefane River and the Nyara River revealed a male Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) carcass which had been partially buried. The fully mature male had probably drowned or died of an illness a number of weeks before. This is the largest antelope found in the coastal dune systems. Mostly nocturnal and secretive, they are difficult to observe. They are essentilly browsers and are very occassionally known to eat fresh grass. Female Bushbuck do not have horns and summer months are favoured for calfing. A single calf is dropped after a gestation period of 6-7 months.



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