The Kudu at Leeupoort
NATURE RESERVE – The bushveld kudu show strong sexual dimorphism in that bulls bear massive, long, spiral horns which reach record lengths of up to 1.7 m. Horns grow to their full length at the age of six to seven years. Bulls also attain much larger body sizes than cows. You have to make use of our holiday accommodation to appreciate this part of the buschveld.
The kudu feeds on a wide variety of tree, shrub, leaves and shoots, favouring fruits like wild watermelons and other fruit for the liquid and the natural sugars that they provide. Aloes are also eaten.
Single calves are born during January-February after a gestation period of nine months. For the first four to six weeks calves lie up in hiding and are visited by their mothers for nursing. Bulls join the female herds during mating. Kudu prefers dense bush, wooded foot hills of mountain areas and thorny woodlands. Kudus’ necks enlarge during the mating season for this reason.
A kudu horn can be used as a musical instrument to blow on. Some people use it as the legs of a table. When a noted company register for the first time on the JSE the CSO blows the horn. Holiday accommodation at Leeupoort provides pleasure like watching the behaviour of the animals in this nature reserve.
OPMERKING – Op Leeupoort is `n paar koedoebulle wat tussen die huise rondstap en kos soek. Van die koedoekoeie is so mak dat hulle in die huise wil ingaan. Die weiding by die huise asook die grasperke en tuine lok ook die wild daarheen.