The Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) is a very widespread antelope occurring almost in entire sub-Saharan Africa. Within this range, it occurs in a number of habitats including nearly anything between rain forests and bushy savannahs. Although sharing a very similar appearance, recent genetic studies showed that the populations of different regions most likely represent separate species (but research is still on-going). Bushbucks live mostly solitary or in pairs, but can occasionally meet at waterholes. They are mostly browsers, but also feed on other plant matter if available. The antelopes are medium-sized with the males being slightly larger than the females, having short horns, and a darker coat. I have seen these pretty animals for the first time in South Africa, but the photographs in this post are from the Pendjari National Park in northern Benin (February 2012).