Bohor reedbucks are rare but fascinating antelope species you will encounter during Uganda safaris. They are scientifically referred as Redunca redunca and belong to the Redunca genus as well as Bovidae family. Their skin color range from yellowish to grayish while their horns are only evident in males, measuring about 25 to 35 centimeters long as you will see when you visit the country’s savannah National Parks.
The gestation period of the Bohor reedbucks is around seven and a half months after which one calf is born, and is weaned for eight to nine months. These antelopes reach sexual maturity at 3-4 years for males whereas their female counterparts at one year and reproduce after every nine to fourteen months. They mate seasonally with the climax being during the rainy season (March to May and October to November) much as sometimes it is not fixed. Males often fight for dominance with around forty of them assembling within an area of around one hectare.
They are herbivores that depend on grasses as well as tender reed shoots that have high concentration of proteins and low fiber content. Bohor reedbucks rely on water although the green pastures can also serve the purpose. Not only that, they feed at night but also during daytime.
Bohor reedbucks live in moist marshlands and grasslands as well as woodlands but are limited in range to continental lands of the African continent including some areas of the East African region. In Uganda, you will be able to see them within Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Park as well as Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.