IDENTIFICATION: Timid medium-sized antelope. White spots on the buttocks, against the legs, at the base of the neck and the throat. Males turn dark brown to black with age while females retain a light red brown color throughout their life. Horns: Only the males have horns.
DISTRIBUTION: South Africa, except for Transvaal Lowveld and Northeastern Zululand.
HABITAT: Prefers riverine forests,
dense thickets and brushed areas near perennial water. May move in summer to selected thickets near temporary water sources, returning when it becomes dry. Dependent of water and sufficient shelter.
HABITS: Usually solitary, now and then seen in pairs, small groups of females, females with their young or small bachelor herds. Stays in riverine forests during the winter when it has a smaller home range than in the wet season. Usually grazes at night or early mornings and late afternoons and rests during the day in the thickets.
INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Cape Bushbuck forms part of the Spiral Horned family and is the smallest of the family in South Africa. Has keen senses and is very alert. Males are very aggressive and have been known to attack when wounded. Dogs usually bear the brunt of most attacks but humans do get targeted. Males make for extremely good trophies with thick black necks, shiny coats and very majestic horns. Very impressive animals offering excellent walk & stalk hunting opportunities.
- Ave Age of Mature rams: +/- 5 Years
- Ave Weight of Mature rams: +/- 100 Pounds
- Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License