Found only in Ethiopia and usually spotted at early morning or late afternoon, Menelik’s bushbuck are a shy and elusive forest antelope, closed related to mountain nyala, eland and kudu. Bushbuck are found in around 40 sub-Saharan African countries and there are over 40 sub-species including the 80cm Menelik’s bushbuck, named after Menelik II, Emperor of Ethiopia until 1913
Known as dukula in the local language of Amharic, Menelik’s bushbuck are found in the montane forests of Ethiopia’s highlands up to the treeline at 4,000 metres. Their coats a little longer than other bushbuck because of living in the lower temperatures of high altitudes, the female is a beautiful, bright chestnut while the male is darker, almost black. Only the males have horns, which have a single spiral twist.
Like all bushbuck, Menelik’s bushbuck mainly browse, eating all plant matter they can reach. In general bushbucks tend to be solitary, but Menelik’s bushbuck are almost always seen in pairs or small family groups of female and young. Like all bushbuck, they have a loud barking alarm call, which can be heard from some distance away. Under threat from habitat loss and fragmentation, Menelik’s bushbuck are hunted for their meat and fur and, with your help, Born Free is working hard to protect them and other endemic species found only in Ethiopia.
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