Eland

Eland image. Africa’s largest, most ox like antelope, weighing up to 942 kg. It has a thick neck, horns with 1-2 tight spirals, longer in female, but much thicker in male, a short spinal crest and a tan to reddish coat with well-defined markings. Elands are very adaptable, only missing in desert and dense forest. Mainly browsing, but also feeding on fruits, seeds, herbs, tubes and grasses when green and tender, gathered with their lips, they can go for a long time without drinking. Nomadic herds with over 100 individuals are common, but unisexual and bisexual adult groups are also often found; adult males mostly travel alone. They are usually diurnal, but in hot climate elands were also seen feeding at night.

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