The Eland {Taurotragus Oryx}

South Africa Wildlife

The Eland {Taurotragus Oryx}

Eland
The Eland

The Eland is the world's largest antelope. Males have twisted horns which are thick and tightly spiralled, growing up to 25" in females and to 50" in males. Eland belong to the same group as kudus, nyala and bushbuck. Eland are found in grassland, mountain, sub-desert, acacia savannah and miombo woodland areas.

Herbivorous, they feed in areas where shrubs and bushes provide the leaves they prefer. They use their horns to bring twigs and branches into reach. Also known to consume tuberous roots.

Quick Facts


Family: Antelope
Size: About 70 inches
Weight: 1,300 to 1,500 pounds
Reproduction: Single young are born any time of the year.
Gestation: Gestation is 9 months.

Eland
The Eland
Habitat: Plains; Eland are found in grassland, mountain, sub-desert, acacia savannah and miombo woodland areas. They distance themselves from deserts, forests and swamps.

Socialisation: The social behaviour of Eland is somewhat different from that of other antelopes. Usually older, dominant males are solitary, while other adult males form small groups of three or four.

Adult females associate in much larger groups, whose size and membership vary from day to day. Several hundred eland sometimes gather, and males may spend a few hours or even weeks with a female group before becoming solitary again.

Lifespan: 15 to 20 years.
Predators: Humans.

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