This was taken at the Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, Virginia with my little 3.1 megapixel Kodak Easyshare DX3900 digital camera. The Park has 180 acres where all sorts of animals roam free. Visitors drive through the winding dirt roads and some of the animals will get very close to the vehicles, which is an amazing experience. At least for me. :))
Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
The Eland is the largest antelope in the world, weighing from 1000 to 2100 pounds and standing from 4 1/2 feet to 6 feet at the shoulder. It’s native range is Africa. It’s diet consists of leaves and grasses, and some fruit. Over the past 100 years, game hunting and loss of habitat has caused it’s numbers to dwindle, especially in Southern Africa. It is now found primarily in National Parks. The Eland looks much like an Ox. Both the males and the females have spiking horns that twist straight back from the face. The Oryx is the only antelope born with horns. At birth, the horns are visible as hair covered bumps.
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