Coke's Hartebeest

Alcelaphus buselaphus

Coke's Hartebeest, Alcelaphus buselaphus, photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed at Nairobi National Park in Kenya. 3 October 2010.

Hartebeest are grassland antelopes and are also ruminants like cattle and deer meaning that the food that is eaten first passes through a pre-stomach chamber called a rumen where microbes assist in the breakdown of cellulose and other complex carbohydrates. Like cattle, hartebeest will be seen to chew cud when not actively feeding. The Coke's subspecies also goes by the name Kongoni.

Bovidae -- Bovine Family

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Kenya Natural History

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