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Taxonomy Tragelaphus scriptus [Pallas, 1766]. Citation: Misc. Zool., p. 8. Type locality: Senegal. The taxonomic record (above) is taken from Wilson and Reeder (1993).
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The bushbuck's hunched-up gait makes it a slow and clumsy runner, but it is a good swimmer and can jump 6-foot-high fences.
Although bushbucks live in both moist and dry habitats, their most important requirement is good cover of forest or bush to provide shelter and food.

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BUSHBUCK - Tragelaphus scriptus
The slightly-built bushbuck is responsible for many deaths each year throughout Africa due to its aggressive nature and deceiving size.
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Tragelaphus scriptus is a phenotypically variable pan-African complex, collectively known as bushbuck.

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The Mountain Lodge is the only place we saw bushbuck on our trip. This was one of a handful of females treading nervously up to the watering hole, along with one large male. The bushbucks surprised and entertained us by barking like dogs.

Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus)
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In Kruger National Park (South Africa) feed on impala, bushbuck, water buck, giraffes, buffalo, young hippos, hyenas, wild dogs, porcupines, lions. (Grenard 1991)
Eat up to 20 percent of body mass in one meal.

Kudus are considered by many one of the most handsome of the tragelaphine antelopes, which are: bongo, eland, nyala, bushbuck and sitatunga.

Bongos have sturdy, spiraled horns that resemble those of their cousins: nyalas, sitatungas, bushbucks, kudus and elands. Bongos are the only spiral-horned antelope in which both sexes have horns, though the males' horns are heavier and longer than the females'.

Sitatunga (T. spekeii) - Nyala (T. angasii) - Bushbuck (T. scriptus) - Mountain Nyala (T. buxtoni) - Lesser Kudu (T. imberbis) - Greater Kudu (T. strepsiceros) - Bongo (T. eurycerus)
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Common Eland (T. oryx) - Giant Eland (T. derbianus) ...

Africa is the home of most antelopes, including the bushbuck ,waterbuck , lechwe, marshbuck , impala , or palla, kudu, nyala , springbuck , bongo .

Along with impala and chital, a preference for bushbuck and common duiker was found. Other prey selection factors include a preference for prey in small herds, in dense habitat, and those that afford the predator a low risk of injury.

Leopards are the most successful hunters of the cat family. Their prey include Impala, Bushbuck, Warthog and also the young of Wildbeest, Kudu and Waterbuck. Rodents, ground birds, monkeys, baboons, frogs and fish, also make part of their diet.

See also: See also: Antelope, Eland, Kudu, Wildebeest, Nyala

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