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DEFASSA WATERBUCK (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) - Female | by Shanz Photography (Back)
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DEFASSA WATERBUCK (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) - Female

Shot from Lake Nakuru, KENYA


The WATERBUCK is a large, robust animal; males are generally about 25 percent larger than the females. Waterbucks have large, rounded ears and white patches above the eyes, around the nose and mouth and on the throat. Only the males have horns.

The waterbuck has a shaggy brown-gray coat that emits a smelly, oily secretion thought to be for waterproofing. In East Africa two types occur, the common waterbuck and the defassa waterbuck, distinguished only by the white pattern on the rump. The common waterbuck has a conspicuous white ring encircling a dark rump, while the defassa has wide white patches on either side of the rump. Only male waterbucks have horns.


The odor from the waterbuck's sweat glands acts as a deterrent to predators.


Exif : Nikon D300s, Nikkor 300.0mm f/4+1.4TC - 420mm, 1/1250sec, f/7.1, ISO: 320


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Taken on November 14, 2011