Sitatunga

Also known as a marshback, these antelopes are found throughout central Africa.

They like it swampy!

Their preferred home is in the muddy swamps and marshes, so Pembrokeshire is perfect at times!

Their hooves look very different to other antelope's hooves. They're designed with the muddy swamp lands in mind. Because of this they look a little awkward when walking on dry land.

Whenever possible they'll rest out of the water on mounds of dry earth. They make these areas more comfortable for themselves by trampling the vegetation down into a flat bed. It is these dry patches on which the sitatunga also raise their babies.

They're early risers and are most active just after dawn. They rest most of the day and then become active again just before dusk.

Conservation

The biggest threat to the sitatunga is loss of habitat and changing water levels as this has a direct effect on their diet.

Sitatunga questions and answers

Do they have any predators?
Yes, they do – lions, leopards, crocodiles, large pythons and humans.

What do sitatungas eat?
Basically, whatever is around them, including bulrushes, leaves and hedges.

Do sitatungas live very long?
They can live up to about 20 years.

Do they live in large groups?
Not really. The males tend to live alone and the females gather in small groups.

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