IDENTIFICATION: Medium sized antelope. Reddish yellow upper parts and darker on the back than on the flanks and legs. White on the underpants, with a white band running up the front of the neck to the jaw, with characteristic dark markings on the forelegs. The shoulders are distinctly lower than the rump, and body slants forward. The female is smaller than the male and has no horns. Horns: Only the males have horns.
DISTRIBUTION: South Africa.
HABITAT: Always in or near water on shallow flood plains, along swamps and rivers and well watered grasses. Have also adapted well to open Savannah country.
HABITS: Grazer. Usually form small herd’s +/- 10-30 animals. Bachelor herds, nursing herds and solitary adult males can be distinguished. During the mating season, a few males establish small territories, which they share with some nursing herds so as to establish a breeding area. Other males are allowed if they show no interest in the dominant males females.
INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Lechwe male is usually of trophy quality at +/- 5 years. The Red Lechwe is an extremely beautiful trophy and do not occur in abundance in South Africa. Numbers are good throughout the Eastern Cape and Free State. When selecting a male to hunt, take note of the spread of the horns backwards and outwards and tips have opened and hooked forward. Horns will wear down dramatically with age.
- Ave Age of Mature Bulls: +/- 5 Years
- Ave Weight of Mature Bulls: +/- 200 Pounds
- Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License, CITES