Meet Our Animals > Common Waterbuck
Quick Facts
Native to Southeast Africa (South Africa, Angola, Mozambique)
Primary Diet Grasses, herbs, weeds, and leaves
Adult Weight Males: 470-680 pounds; Females 350-400 pounds
Lifespan 11 to 15 years
Status Stable

Common Waterbuck

Their long-stranded hair seems to be waterproofed by skin glands as an adaptation to their frequent and lengthy stays in the water. It is generously covered with thin brownish, tar-like grease that has a distinct, turpentine-like odor.


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