Lekking Behavior in Kafue Lechwe

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Science  18 Jun 1976:
Vol. 192, Issue 4245, pp. 1240-1242
DOI: 10.1126/science.192.4245.1240


The Kafue lechwe (Kobus leche kafuensis) exhibits lekking behavior in which a number of males occupy small territories clustered together in discrete areas where females go for mating. Similar behavior in antelope is known only in the Uganda kob (Kobus kob thomasi). Lechwe lekking occurs only during a main rutting season although some breeding occurs throughout the year.