A Mother Eland nurses her young one at the Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, Virginia. The Safari Park has 180 acres where many different species of animals roam free. It’s a wonderful place. This was taken with my Kodak Easyshare DX 3900 digital camera with 3.1 megapixels.

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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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Comments

  • Nori Bucci
    Nori Bucciabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Ginny! They’re beautiful!!!

  • Thanks Nori! I never saw a baby with horns nurse before this.

    – Ginny York

  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot Ginny.

  • Thanks Mariana! Aren’t they beautiful? I had never seen an Eland before this trip to the Safari Park.

    – Ginny York

  • Chris Snyder
    Chris Snyderabout 5 years ago

    Nice shot with that point and shoot. You would have thought it was with a DSLR. I have past the signs for this park on the way to DC and now think I need to visit.

  • Thanks so much Chris! What a nice compliment! You really should go if you get a chance to. It’s a fantastic place.

    – Ginny York

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieabout 5 years ago

    great capture Ginny, i’ve never heard of an eland!

  • I had never heard of one either till I went to the Safari Park. They are so pretty in person ans so graceful.

    – Ginny York

  • Thanks Gabbie.

    – Ginny York

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanabout 5 years ago

    Great shot Ginny, a lovely moment captured!!!

  • Thanks Shaun! I couldn’t believe I was seeing it…nevermind catching it. I’ve never seen a baby nursing before with big horns! These were some really graceful animals for being so large. I was in awe of them.

    – Ginny York

  • Paola Svensson
    Paola Svenssonabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture Ginny! =D

  • Thanks so much Paola! It was pretty amazing. Thanks for the fav!!! :))

    – Ginny York

  • Charlene Aycock IPA
    Charlene Aycoc...about 5 years ago

    Love this capture.

  • Awwww. I’m so glad you love it. I do too. :)) They were so beautiful.

    – Ginny York

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixabout 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Ginny

  • Thanks so much! I’ve never seen a baby with horns nursing before! Glad you like it. I was pretty amazed.

    – Ginny York

  • Thanks so much for the fav!

    – Ginny York

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1about 5 years ago

    Lovely capture my friend.

  • Thank you so much Brandie!

    – Ginny York

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    1-17-2010

  • Thank you so much for the Feature Teresa!

    – Ginny York


  • I appreciate it!

    – Ginny York

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