Sitatunga – Avu Lagoon Community Protected Area
The sitatunga is a unique species of aquatic antelope. They have specially adapted hooves that help them navigate floating vegetation in wetland habitats and are known to submerge completely underwater when threatened. They are so difficult to detect, they were once believed to be extinct in Ghana until the species was ‘rediscovered’ by science in Avu Lagoon in 1998 thanks to local hunters’ traditional knowledge and the custom of depositing sitatunga horns at traditional hunting shrines.
Did you know?
Sitatunga have long, oily hair which creates a waterproof layer to help them stay warm while they swim. They are slow, but strong swimmers and can stay in the water for long periods of time. These antelope will use the mounds of floating vegetation found in their swamp habitat to take breaks.
We are grateful for the collaboration of the following partners in helping us conserve the sitatunga and support local communities.