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Coke Hartebeest - Species Detail
Alcelaphus buselaphus cokei
Named for a Col. Coke who shot one near Usagara, Tanzania, in 1880. This was the first complete specimen to reach Europe, and from it the subspecies was described for science. Called kongoni in Swahili, but many locals also apply this name to a number of larger antelopes.
The Coke hartebeest is a medium-sized hartebeest with a shorter head and relatively lower frontal pedicel. The general color is reddish tawny on the upper body, with hips and legs lighter. The tail is relatively long, with a crest of black hairs extending over three-fourths of its length. The horns (both sexes) are short, rather thick, and bracket-shaped, growing outward from the pedicel, then upward and backward.
DISTRIBUTION Southern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania.
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