Eland (Taurotragus oryx)

Details

Details of Eland (Taurotragus oryx)

The largest living antelope along with the giant eland. Older bulls develop a large pendulous dewlap on the throat and a distinctive mat of fairly long, coarse dark hair on the forehead. A short dark mane runs down the back of the neck of both sexes.

Both carry shallowly spiraled horns, with those of the bull more robust and distinctly ridged along their length. Overall body colour is usually fawn or tawny, with forequarters in particular turning blue grey with age. Like the giant eland some white vertical striping may be present but not as pronounced.

They normally form herds of from 25 to 60 animals but on occasion congregations of 1000 or more individuals occur, particularly during the onset and through the course of rains. Their highly nomadic in most parts of their range but some populations appears to be more sedentary.

Home ranges are generally large, covering 1500 km square for mixed herds in one East African study but only 25 to 100 km square for the adults bulls.

The eland is a shy animal, and will escape in a hurry whenever it feels threatened.

Addons

Short Overview

Height: M 170 cm; F 145 cm


Weight: M 800 kg; F 480 kg


Active: Mainly diurnal


Habitat: Varied from open plains to mountains to semi desert


Food: Mainly leaves, fruit, also grass in summer

Let us plan your dream
African trip!

Travelling to East Africa this summer - a great idea and a wise conclusion! To realize your great idea support your wise conclusion with updated information on pros, cons, and of course the latest Covid regulations. Daily updated and thoroughly checked information will surely help you to get an informed...
Getting a Covid-19 negative certificate for your return flight from Tanzania is a simple process. There are several locations in Tanzania where you can have a sample taken. All samples (except those, taken at Mount Meru Hospital in Arusha, which has its own lab) are sent to Dar es Salaam...
We know many of you are still dreaming of Africa and are eager to start planning. Perhaps now more than ever. We’re just as excited to welcome you to our home! Whenever your travel plans might be, we are here to help and we will make the process as easy...
If you are wondering what camera gear to pack for your safari experience, look no further! Here is the comprehensive list of all the camera equipment and accessories you will need for your safari. This photography gear list is brought to you by our resident photographer Giulia Cimarosti, safari specialist...
On the 1st of January 2021 TANAPA — the Tanzanian safari parks authority — has implemented new administration rules. The updated regulations require that a copy of the passport of every visitor is digitally registered before visiting. This regulation is aimed at minimizing corruption and increasing efficiency. This requirement is...