Pukus are found exclusively in central Africa, with only a few living in Botswana further to the south of the Africa continent. Although they have a herbivorous diet, their social system is focused on adult males who will fight over territories and defend them against rival males. They behave like this because they then get the prime breeding opportunities when they encounter the wandering female herds. The breeding pattern peaks in rainy season, however both mating and births occur throughout the year. Their habitat is usually located in riverines or floodplains, and they like to graze on the grasslands which are close to rivers and swamps. Their conservation status is categorised as ‘near threatened’ due to decreases in their general population, caused by a diminished habitat.

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