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Nile Lechwe

Kobus megaceros

Did you know?

  • Nile lechwe are part of the Bovidae family, which they share with bison and buffalo.
  • They are also known as, "Mrs. Gray’s waterbuck."
  • They live in the watershed of the Nile River.
  • They are aquatic antelope and well-adapted to living around water.
  • A female will have one calf at a time.

Aquatic Antelope

Nile lechwes live in the Nile River Valley, an area that surrounds the Nile River. They are aquatic antelope, strong swimmers, and adept at maneuvering in swampy, muddy habitats.

Young and Family

Nile lechwes are sexually dimorphic. Unlike females, males develop a dark coat as they mature. Females and juveniles boast blond coloration. These antelope live in herds with multiple males and females. A female will often birth one calf per year, during the winter.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


Nile lechwes face a very high risk of extinction in the wild.


South Sudan and a small area in Ethiopia


Grasslands and wetlands in the Nile River Valley

We care about nile lechwe

The Saint Louis Zoo supports this species in Red Rocks at the Zoo. Learn more about how we are helping wildlife around the world.

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Red Rocks

At Red Rocks, you’ll view some of the world’s most powerful predators living near some of the world’s most graceful prey. Lions, tigers, zebra and giraffes all share the natural rocky boulders and outcroppings as their territory. With shading trees and a bird or two among the mammals, Red Rocks is a great place to spend a day at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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