The Uniqueness of Waterbuck | Londolozi Blog

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Kirst Joscelyne

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At less than a year old, Kirst went to her family’s hut in the Greater Kruger National Park, and has been fortunate enough to continue to go there ever since. Sharing a passion for the bush with her family, led to countless trips ...

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Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Kirst, loved the bucks🤗

Francesca Doria
Digital Tracker

Hi Kirst ! What a beautifully written and interesting article! Waterbucks are charming creatures and I always wanted to know more about them. I can’t think of hyena ripping the calf alive. I thought they were a rather frail species but after reading your notes it seems they are resilient this is great.

Bev Tucker
Explorer

Gives a whole new perspective of this seemingly common antelope.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Very interesting info on the waterbuck! Thanks for sharing!

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Great photo by Peter!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Kirst, Thanks for that in depth education on the beautiful Waterbuck. We love it when we get to learn more about some of the more common wildlife we see at Londolozi, and this is a great example of that!

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

My favorite antelope, too!

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Kirst the waterbuck are my favorite antelope as well. Their long hair and big eyes are striking. The female is very clever to have the calf in the thickets, good for hiding the calf until it can stand up. Amazing that within 30 minutes the calf can stand. The dominant bull is so majestic and really proud of his harem. Love the way the female shows the calf the way ahead by making her tail go up. I’ve learn’t a lot from your story. Thanks Kirst.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

A beautiful description of these lovely animals. I also like waterbucks very much. They are really such special antelopes.
Great pictures.

One of the things I’ve noticed with the Waterbuck is their heart shaped nose. Such a beautiful antelope.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Kirst,
Thanks for this interesting and informative blog. I didn’t know the females kept their young hidden in the bush for that long. It seems other antelopes birth their lambs/calves and as soon as they’re stable, they’re part of the herd. I’ve learned that the Impala lambs will keep together in a crèche, overseen by a “babysitter “ while the moms eat. The faces of the waterbuck are especially unique and in my opinion, more beautiful than some of the other members of their species.

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi Kirst! You have made my week as I love Waterbuck. Love the fur on the necks as you do. I find them very appealing – especially the “sat on a newly painted loo” bottoms they all have! Very distinctive. Thank you for the gorgeous photos too, some of which I intend to take as Screensavers! Wendy M

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

What a lovely blog piece. Your writing draws us in, edifies us and incites such respect and beautiful observation of their special place in this world. Gorgeous animal. Thank you!

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

I hadn’t ever heard of them prior to visiting Londolozi a few years ago. They are such interesting looking antelope and their coats remind me to donkeys. I wonder how they evolved to have such long hair, while the other antelope have short, shiny coats? It must help them thermoregulate in some way.

Cally Staniland
Digital Tracker

Amazing how I used to take this lovely antelope for granted, never knowing that much about them yet always admiring their beautiful markings and fur. I never knew they kept their young hidden in the thickets for 2-4 weeks nor that they returned to the same area to give birth. Thank you Kirst, really enjoyed your article 💕🙏🏻

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