Kob - Ecology


The kob's distribution from western Africa to central East African in a patchy range. It prefers flat areas and open country close to permanent water and consistent climate. It requires fresh graze and drinks daily. During the rains, kob frequent short grasses and keep them short. Since it is dependent on water, the kob does not wonder far into arid areas. Kob gather on and move from one pasture to another, coinciding with seasonal changes. In flooded areas, they may travel hundreds of kilometers, and dry-season walks to water may take 10 km or more. Grasses preferred by kobs are Hyparrhenia species, Brachiaria brizantha, Setaria gayanus, Chloris gayana, Echinochloa and Digitaria.

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