Waterbuck

25th April 2013
They're not the most inspiring of our antelope, and they've got a bad rep for being a bit smelly (German sausage-like if you can get the wind right), but there's more to Waterbuck than meets the eye. Dominant bulls employ the services of younger bulls as Generals, defending (on their behalf) areas of their range which are further from the core territory. This arrangement of shared territorial behaviour leads to very interesting interactions between males within their patch - how do you show dominance over all other males, but submission to your senior....?

These females had been feeding in the open grasslands and were returning to their overnight resting site, the escorting male following close behind.



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