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Contrary to most species of antelopes, only the male Lesser Kudus bear horns which grow up to 2 to 3 feet long.  The Lesser kudu is active primarily at night and early morning. They are native to East Africa and usually inhabit dry thorn brushes and forests. They fall prey to lions, leopards and Cape Hunting dogs.

As its name suggests, the Lesser Kudu is smaller than its larger cousin, the Greater Kudu, and stands approximately 90-110 cm at shoulder height. Other than that, the Lesser Kudu also differs from its cousin in terms of the stripes on its body. The stripes of the Lesser Kudu are more obvious and there are usually 10 stripes on both sexes. Also, unlike the Greater Kudu, which is one of the slower antelopes, the Lesser Kudu can run up to speeds of 62 miles per hour, making it one of the fastest antelopes.

The Lesser Kudu was also once introduced in the Arabian Peninsula where they were a favourite for trophy hunters. Despite being classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN, these graceful antelopes are in decline.  

JV.

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