Lesser kudu

At the Detroit Zoo

Female kudu Lemon was born in 2010 and arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 2012.  This beautiful antelope can be found 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
Continent: Africa
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



Since the lesser kudu receives most of its water from food, it does not heavily depend on water sources.

The lesser kudu can jump over 6 feet high.