Limited to south Sudan and west Ethiopia (Wilson & Reeder, 1993), this lechwe has a very restricted and patchy range as shown in Fig. Its distribution was obtained from the country maps in East (1988). The output was then revised by Dr. R. East ( 23 June '97 ).
Categorical-discrete (CD) distribution model
The species occurs in swamp and river flooded grasslands (East, 1988; Kingdon, 1997).
The Nile lechwe was named "Kobus maria" in 1859 by Dr. J. E. Gray FRS (1800-1875), keeper at the British Museum, in honour of his wife Maria E. Gray (1787-1876); but the name had to be replaced by the earlier K. megaceros. However, the name of Mrs. Gray stuck. Lechwe (pronounced "lesh-we" or "lesh-way") is a name of Bantu origin meaning antelope. Kobus (New Latin) from koba, an African name. Megas (Greek) big, wide; keras (Greek) the horn of an animal.