Eland

Description and Identification:


Shoulder height                      Males               1,7 m        

                                              Females               1,5 m      


Body mass:                               Males               750 - 1000 kg

                                              Females                500 - 700 kg     

  

  • Body    –fully fawn colored
  • Brown patch on the back of the forelegs, just above the knees
  • Patch of long, curly brown hair on the forehead
  • Band of dark brown along the back
  • Tuft of long brown hair on the tip of the tail
  • Both sexes have straight, slightly diverging horns

 


Social Behavior Eland:

  • Live in herds
  • Small herds   –at times forming big herds
  • Cows form nursery herds during calving season
  • During this time bulls form bachelor herds
  • Individual bulls rejoin nursery herds during rut
  • Heavy fighting occurs in herds
  • Normally feed during the day but at times also at night
  • Jumps up to 2 meter
  • Bulls –belching brunt
  •   Cows –moo and calves bleat
  • Generally very shy and disappear when disturbed

 

 

Source:  J D Skinner and R H N Smithers: Mammals of the southern african subregion

Quelle: Wild und Hund, Treffpunkt Afrika, Ideales Abkommen auf häufig bejagte Wildarten
Quelle: Wild und Hund, Treffpunkt Afrika, Ideales Abkommen auf häufig bejagte Wildarten