At the Detroit Zoo
Male Moliko, born in 2007, arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 2009. He was joined in 2012 by female Lemon, who arrived with a breeding recommendation. These beautiful antelopes can be seen in the African Grasslands across from the zebras.
Females and calves are a chestnut-brown color while males are gray. The lesser kudu has 11-15 white stripes on its body. Only the male has open-spiraled horns (which, when the male is fully developed, will have two to three spirals) and a mane along its spine. All lesser kudus have two distinctive white markings on the top and bottom part of their neck and white markings along the top of and in between their eyes.
Scientific name: Tragelaphus imberbis
Habitat: Semi-arid areas and dense bushland
Size: 3-5 feet long; 3-4 feet tall at the shoulder
Weight: Up to 200 pounds
Diet: The lesser kudu is a herbivore and mainly eats leaves and shoots. It will also eat fruits, herbs and grasses.
Reproduction: Gestation eight months; single calf
Lifespan: Eight years in the wild; 28 years in captivity
Conservation Status: Near Threatened