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Sitatungas – The Only Species of Aquatic Antelope  

What if you could walk across lily pads and floating plants without sinking? Sitatungas can. Sitatungas are the only species of aquatic antelope. They live in swamps and muddy woodlands in Central Africa. Their hooves are specially made for walking through water.

Mother Sitatunga with her Baby Image - Science for Kids All About Sitatungas

All about Sitatungas, the only species of aquatic antelope. They live in swamps and muddy woodlands in Central Africa.

Sitatungas hide from predators in the swamp. If a leopard, lion or wild dog appears, they head for the water. In the water, they must watch out for crocodiles and pythons.

Sitatunga in the Water Image

Their hooves are specially made for walking through water.

Fun Facts about Sitatungas for Kids

  • Sitatungas eat grass, fallen fruit and water plants.
  • Sitatungas stamp down grass in the swamp to make a cozy bed. Mothers have their babies on these beds. The babies stay there hidden for several weeks.
  • Sitatungas are well-hidden in their habitat, but they trample down grass to make paths. If you watch for these paths, you just might find their hiding place.
  • Males weigh between 150 and 275 pounds; females weigh between 110 and 125 pounds.
Sitatunga Eating Grass Image

Sitatungas eat grass, fallen fruit and water plants.

Sitatunga Vocabulary

  1. Lily pad: floating aquatic plant
  2. Aquatic: found in water
  3. Swamp: muddy, watery place
  4. Python: large snake
  5. Trample: Crush with feet
Sitatunga Swimming Image

Sitatungas are slow swimmers, but they can paddle for miles.

Learn More All About Sitatungas

Watch a Sitatunga take a drink:

A video about a sitatunga in Chester Zoo taking a drink.

Sitatunga Q&A

Question: Can sitatungas swim?

Answer: Yes, sitatungas are slow swimmers, but they can paddle for miles. They sometimes hide in the water with only their noses and eyes showing.

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Question: Do humans hunt sitatungas?

Answer: Yes, in some places humans hunt these animals by setting traps along their paths.

 

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