Into Africa is home to a heard of Kafue Flats Lechwe. This elegant antelope is distinguishable by its golden brown colour and white belly.


Kobus leche kafuensis

Only found in the Kafue Flats area of Zambia, Kafue Flats lechwe have long elegant legs and huge dark eyes. It is only the male Lechwe that have beautiful swept back horns. Kafue Flats lechwe typically live in swampy floodplains, they are extremely well adapted for this habitat with hooves that spread wide, allowing them to move easily in swampy conditions.

Lechwe typically feed on grass and plant material around floodplains, because they spend so much time in and around water, they are very good swimmers and have been known to completely submerge themselves in water to avoid predation and search for food.

Lechwe typically give birth to their young on dry land during the dry season, after a gestation period of 7-8 months.

  • Kafue Flats Lechwe
  • Kafue Flats Lechwe


Kafue flats lechwe are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

Kafue flats lechwe are found in the Kafue flats of Zambia. Their habitat includes:

  • Swampy floodplains
  • Savanna

Kafue flats lechwe are herbivores and feed mainly on grasses and aquatic plants.

Kafue flats lechwe have a number of threats that include:

  • Habitat Loss
  • Hunting


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