Mimosa Exotics - Kafue Flats Lechwe
(Kobus leche kafuensis)

Pacer with calf Roja (born 19 September 2001)

Native to Botswana, Zambia and southeastern Zaire, this small marsh antelope was placed under threat when, in 1978, the Kafue gorge hydroelectric scheme reduced populations by 50%. The scheme deprived the animal, which is adapted to life on flood plains and swamps where it spends much of its time grazing on aquatic plants, of a major part of its habitat. 

The U. S. FWS listed the related red lechwe (Kobus leche leche) as endangered  in 1970. Control of hunting and listing on Appendix I of CITES resulted in stable or increasing populations over much of their range. In 1979, the Conference of the parties to CITES changed the listing of the red lechwe from Appendix I to Appendix II, and in 1980, the FWS downlisted the red lechwe from endangered to threatened. (more info)



Will will have no surplus animals for sale this year.