As their name suggests, the smaller kudu antelopes are the more undersized model of the greater kudu. Their scientific name is Tragelaphus Imberbis. They are to the Kingdom Animalia & the Phylum Chordata.
These species have huge round ears that distinguish them from the more significant kudu antelopes. The male lesser kudu have a moderate weight of 108 kilograms while the women have an average weight of 70 kilograms. Only the males have horns; they are coil and measure between 50 and 70 centimeters. Also, the males have a major black crest of hair on the neck. Female lesser kudu antelopes have four teats.
These kinds of antelopes are browsers; they graze on a mixture of leaves, young shoots, pods of Acacia, & twigs, just to mention but a few. They are hardy animals since they can endure for a long period without water.
Lesser kudu antelopes inhabit mostly dry and bushy areas. They are mainly found in Tsavo & Marsabit national parks. Such an environment favors them since they are timid animals. They mostly conceal in the bushes during the day, which holds them protected from predators. They vacate only early in the morning, before the rupture of dawn & very late after dusk.
The female antelopes don’t have a detailed breeding period; they give birth at any time.
The moderate population of the kudu antelopes is approximately 118,000. They mostly live in groups, although the males favor solitude compared to the females.
Differences & similarities between the more prominent kudu antelopes &, the lesser kudu antelopes
The male antelopes have more multiple vertical white stripes corresponding to the greater kudu antelopes.
The greater kudu male antelopes hold a beard which is absent in the lesser kudu male antelopes.
In both species, it’s only the male ones that have horns. Both species are very alert to the threat.