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The present distribution and status of Buffon’s kob Kobus kob kob (Erxleben) in West and Central Africa

INTRODUCTION The kob, Kobus, (Adenota) kob (Erxleben) is a medium sized antelope. Dorst and Dandelot (1969) described three races based on morphological differences and distribution. They are : (1) the white-eared kob, Kobus kob leucotis (from Sudan to Ethiopia) ; (2) the Uganda or Thomas' kob, K.k. thomasi (from the Southern Bahr-el-Ghazel to Mount Elgon and the Rwindi Rutshuru plains) and (3) the Buffon's kob, K.k. kob (from Gambia to Chad and Central African Republic). Other names for the Buffon's kob are Western kob and Senegal kob. Sex and age differences have been described by Wanzie (1987 a). Buffon's kob is probably the most common antelope in both West and Central Africa and has always been a point of attraction to tourists. Eventhough several papers have been published within the last thirty years, especially in Mammalia on many aspects including the distribution of the race in West and Central Africa, none has yet come up with either its exact distribution and status or suggested reasons for the recent parchy distribution. Credit is, however given to Happold (1978) who, in his « Large Mammals of West Africa » numerated all the national parks and game reserves in which Buffon's http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mammalia - International Journal of the Systematics, Biology and Ecology of Mammals de Gruyter

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