antelope found in East and Southern Africa
antelope; Spiral-horned antelope; Oxlike antelope; Serengeti
grazer; Largest antelope
3 times a year
Common Eland (Taurotragus
is a savannah and plain antelope found in East and Southern
Common Eland stands from two to almost three and a half metres at
the shoulder and weighs 300 kilograms to a tonne. Common Eland
females have a tan coat while the males' coat is a darker tan
with a blue tinge to it, there may be a single white stripe
vertically placed on the sides. The males have dense fur on their
foreheads and a large dewlap. Both sexes have horns, which are
about 65 centimetres long and almost straight. The horns of the
female are longer but thinner than those of the male.
Eland live on the savannah and eat grass, branches and leaves.
They are diurnal but tend towards inactivity during the heat of
the day. Herds are usually between thirty and eighty individuals
but are known to reach upwards of four hundred.
Eland are sometimes considered part of the genus Tragelaphus but
it is usually catagorised as Taurotragus with the Giant Eland.
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