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Kob

Kobus kob (Erxleben, 1777)
French: Cob de Buffon
German: Gras-; Schwarzfuß-; Moorantilope
Swahili. Mraye

Subspecies
Kobus kob leucotis
Kobus kob thomasi

Description
Total length: 1.65 - 2.20 m
Tail length: (m) 25 - 40 cm, (f) 18 - 30 cm
Shoulder height: (m) 92, (f) 78 cm
Weight: (m) up to 120 kg, (f) 60 kg
Gestation: 8 months

The medium-sized antelope is powerfully built, especially males have a large neck and carry heavy, laterally ridged lyrate horns. Ewes are of lighter build. The coat of the thomasi subspecies is reddish-brown with fewer white markings than the white-eared leucotis whose rams are dark brown to almost black. Furthermore they have contrasting white underparts, facial and other markings. The leucotis ewes and youngs are more similar to the thomasi subspecies.

Distribution
K. k. leucotis: Sudan, Ethiopia
K. k. thomasi: Ethiopia

Ecology
Kobs inhabit flood plains and gentle grass covered hill country. Like K. ellipsiprymnus, they are never far from water. Normally they form herds of 15 to 40 individuals, but there are also gatherings of thousands of kobs during certain seasons, up to 1 000 of the white-eared kob. Adult rams defend their territories which the ewes move freely through. The grazers also include aquatic species in their diets.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Category, ver 3.1:

- http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/11036/0

Trend:
While the kob is highly susceptible to hunting, loss of habitat and disruption of the natural flooding regime, it has the ability to recover its numbers rapidly from very low levels with effective protection. This makes the species a usefil indicator of the effectiveness of conservation measures.


European Collection Plan (2003): ...
RCP status: ...

Recommendations
None.

Literature
Dorst J & Dandelot P (1970): Larger Mammals of Africa, Collins Field Guide, London.
East R (1999): African Antelope Database 1998. IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.
Haltenorth T & Diller H (1977): Saeugetiere Afrikas und Madagaskars, BLV Verlagsgesellschaft, Muenchen. 
Kingdon J (1997): The Kingdon Field Guide To African Mammals, Academic Press, San Diego.
Wilson DE & Reeder DM (2005): Mammal species of the world. A taxonomic and geographic reference. Third Ed., Vol. 1 The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore.

 

Links

- http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Kobus_kob.html
- http://www.gisbau.uniroma1.it/amd/amd175b.html


 

White-eared kob

Kobus kob leucotis (Lichtenstein & Peters, 1853)
F:
G:

Other relevant subspecies
K. k. thomasi

Description
Total length: 1.65 - 2.20 m
Tail length: (m) 25 - 40 cm, (f) 18 - 30 cm
Shoulder height: (m) 92, (f) 78 cm
Weight: (m) up to 120 kg, (f) 60 kg
Gestation: 8 months

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Category, ver 3.1:

-http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/11042/0

Trend: ?
Less than 1% of the total population of White-eared Kob occurs in protected areas, such as the Boma and Badingilo National Parks in south-east Sudan (East 1999). Recent surveys in south-eastern Sudan suggest that, despite the civil war, the white-eared kob populations still survive in good numbers.

Recommendations
Further surveys are urgently required to clarify the White-eared kob’s current status and investigate possible conservation actions.

Kob details ... (http://www.neaasg.org/index.php?id=300)

Literature
East R (1999): African Antelope Databese 1998. IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.


 

Uganda kob

Kobus kob thomasi (P.L. Sclater, 1896)
French:
German:

Other relevant subspecies
K. k. leucotis

Description
Total length: 1.65 - 2.20 m
Tail length: (m) 25 - 40 cm, (f) 18 - 30 cm
Shoulder height: (m) 92, (f) 78 cm
Weight: (m) up to 120 kg, (f) 60 kg
Gestation: 8 months

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Category, ver 3.1:

- http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/details/11043/0

Trend:
The Uganda kob survives in good numbers outside this region in Garamba and Virunga National Parks (DR Congo), and Murchison Falls-Aswa Lolim, Queen Elizabeth and Tore-Semliki (Uganda).

Recommendations
None for the populations in this region. A few Uganda Kob are held in captivity.

Kob details ... (http://www.neaasg.org/index.php?id=300)

Literature
East R (1999): African Antelope Databese 1998. IUCN/SSC Antelope Specialist Group. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

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