Waterbuck Drawing

Another great black and white antelope drawing from the 1911 Encyclopedia. This waterbuck drawing shows a fine example of this sub-Saharan Africa native. The light colored stripe around the backside of the animal is not an error in the scan. It is a distinctive trait of the waterbuck antelope. On the common waterbuck (Cobus ellipsiprymnus), this marking is a hollow circle. On the defassa waterbuck (not pictured) it is white hair that creates this distinctive marking.

The waterbuck live in herds numbering 6 – 30 animals. As their name would imply, these animals live close to water. The waterbuck produces a smell that scientists have copied and turned into a tsetse-fly repellant. There’s absolutely nothing repellant about this waterbuck drawing. I think he would be a great choice even if you just used his head and stately horns in your project.


This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.