Bushbuck

Scientific name

Tragelaphus scriptus

Weight

25 to 80 kilograms (55 to 180 pounds)

Size

.5 to 1 meter tall (25 to 40 inches)

Life span

About 15 years in captivity. No data for in the wild.

Habitat

Wherever there is adequate cover — typically found in forest edges or brushy cover near rivers and streams.

Diet

Herbivorous

Gestation

About 6 months

Predators

Humans and any large carnivore, mostly leopards

Native to
40
African countries
Population of
1.3
million estimated
Horns begin to grow at
10
months old
Bushbuck

Challenges

Habitat loss is the bushbuck’s biggest threat.

Their living space is decreasing as human populations grow and expand, resulting in habitat loss from the unsustainable growth of agriculture, settlements, and roads.

Humans hunt them for their hides.

While bushbucks are able to coexist with human habitation to a greater extent than many other species, some African tribes continue to hunt them for its skin, which makes leather that is supple, thin, and the hair sheds easily. Heavy hunting pressure has enabled the bushbuck from persisting over its former, historic range. In some areas, bushbuck meat is significantly lower in price resulting in it being the most commonly purchased bushmeat. They are also viewed as a pest species in some areas because of their tendency to damage people’s gardens.

Solutions

Our solutions to protecting the bushbuck:

Safari/Tourism
Develop conservation tourism.

African Wildlife Foundation brings together communities and private investors to construct conservation tourism lodges, like The Sanctuary at Ole Lentille, in Kenya. The lodge provides sustainable income for the community and the 20,000-acre conservancy is a safe home to a variety of wildlife.

Protected Area
Create more protected spaces.

AWF works with governments and villages to designate wildlife corridors — large swaths of land that bushbucks use to roam freely and safely from one park, or country, to another. Wildlife corridors link protected areas and allow wildlife to follow rains or travel to their calving grounds.

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