The kob resembles the impala, but is more robust. However, males are more robust than females and have horns. Males have a shoulder height of 90–100 cm (3.0–3.3 ft) and an average weight of 94 kg (210 lb). Females have a shoulder height of 82–92 cm (2.69–3.02 ft) and weigh on average 63 kg (140 lb). The pelage of the kob is typically golden to reddish brown overall, but with the throat patch, eye ring and inner ear being white, and the forelegs being black at the front. Males get darker as they get older. Those of the white-eared kob (K. k. leucotis), which is found in the Sudd region (the easternmost part of the kob's range), are strikingly different and overall dark, rather similar to the male Nile lechwe, though with a white throat and no pale patch from the nape to the shoulder. Both sexes have well-developed inguinal glands that secrete a yellow, waxy substance, as well as preorbital glands.
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