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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Reedbuck

Afrikaans name: Rietbok

A Reedbuck in long grass

Reedbuck just seem to be one of those animals that I can never get a good view of, so that's why the photo is not great!

Photo © Steven Herbert

Redunca arundinum

Interesting facts about Reedbuck

The Reedbuck is often referred to as the Common or Southern Reedbuck. The name Reedbuck is quite apt as it favours flat marshy areas with long grass or reeds. Despite living in close proximity to water they do not readily enter the water.

It can reach a height of 90 cm at the shoulder and males can weigh nearly 70 kg. Females weigh around 50 kg.

Only males have horns. These curve forward and can reach a length of around 40 cm.

The main food of the Reedbuck is grass but they will also eat reeds and other plants. They are very reliant on water.

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References and further reading

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Year Published: 1999 - Page: 64

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 305

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 19

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 200

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 144

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 200

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 139

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 113

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 199

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 145

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 110

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 416

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 179

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1996 - Page: 164

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 230

List of South African Mammals

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