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THE ELAND BULL AND YOUNG BULL CALF – Taurotragus oryx – Eland koei en kalf

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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Captured Location: Groenland Safari’s, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, SOUTH AFRICA

Camera Nikon D50
Lens Sigma 70-300mm DG

ELAND – Taurotragus oryx – Eland

Eland are the largest antelope, almost ox-like in appearance and temperament.
The mass can be in excess of 750kg.
The color is generally a beige and animals from the northern parts of the sub-region have vertical body stripes.
The neck and shoulders are a greyish color in older animals, which is actually the color of the skin showing through the hair which has worn thin.
Both sexes have horns, with those of the females not as heavy as those of the male.
The forehead has a tuft of matted dark-brown hair, which smells strongly, due to secretion from the glands at the base.
Their favored habitat is open savanah country, semi-desert and montane grasslands.
They are timid, gregarious animals, mainly diurnal, occurring in small herds, but sometimes aggregations of many animals are encountered.
They will not tolerate strange calves, which are repelled with considerable vigor by a sideways swiping of their horns.

They are predominantly browsers, but also partial to freshly sprouted grass. They are not to dependant upon water but will drink if it is available.

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