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Kenya Highland Hartebeest - Species Detail
Alcelaphus buselaphus lelwel x cokei
DESCRIPTION We follow Kingdon in treating this animal as a hybrid between the lelwel hartebeest (Jackson race) and Coke hartebeest. As such, it exhibits intermediate characteristics. It is larger and lighter in color than the Coke hartebeest, being light buff rather than reddish tawny on the upper parts of the back. The head is longer than in the Coke subspecies, the frontal pedicel more pronounced, and the horns (both sexes) heavier and longer, rising from the pedicel in a modified V-shape rather than in the shape of a bracket when seen from the front.
DISTRIBUTION Formerly through the highlands of western Kenya, generally between Lake Victoria and Mt. Kenya. Now said to be confined to the Lambwe Valley in the southwest, and to Laikipia and adjacent districts in west-central Kenya.
TAXONOMIC NOTES Several named hybrid forms between lelwel (jacksoni) and cokei are included in this category, including keniae, kongoni, nakurae (probably extinct), and ritchiei.
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