The Lechwe lives in floodplains bordering swamps, rivers, and marshes in south-central Africa, mainly in Zambia.
This antelope is a good swimmer and has long and soft hooves which are good for waking on swampy ground. Also the fact that its legs are covered in a water repelling substance, allows it to run quite fast in knee-deep water when predators approach.
This animal likes to graze in shoulder-deep water. Females and young are more dependent on water than males, so males usually stay at the drier zones of the territory.
The picture of this Lechwe was taken at the Attica Zoological Park in Athens, Greece, in June 2007.
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