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The Nyala is a Southern African antelope. It is a spiral-horned dense-forest antelope that is uncomfortable in open spaces and is most often seen at water holes. Nyalas live alone or in small family groups of up to 10 individuals.The male stands up to 110 cm (3.5 feet), the female is up to 90 cm (3 feet) tall. The male has loosely spiraled horns and a long fringe on throat and underparts; the female has no horns and no noticeable fringe. The male is dark brown, white on the face and neck, with vertical white stripes on the body. The female is reddish brown with white vertical striping.
The rare Mountain Nyala is limited to central Ethiopia. While superficially similar to the lowland Nyala, it is now considered more closely related to the kudu.
The name “Nyala” is the Swahili name for this antelope, which itself comes from the Zulu “Inyala”. The Latin name comes from “tragos” (he-goat), “elaphos” (deer), and George French Angas of South Australia.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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Comments

  • Angie66
    Angie66about 3 years ago

    beautiful shot and gorgeous animal :)

  • Thank you very much Angie for the great comment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • supergold
    supergoldabout 3 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Thank you Fred for your cmment and fav.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...about 3 years ago

    Ralph, a terrific write…and so beautiful and majestic this image, all love and happiness, always, Norma….

  • Thanks a lot Norma for a really lovely comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...about 3 years ago

    What a beautiful and delicate little creature. Thanks for the excellent description too.

  • Thanks so much Odille for your terrific comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Leon Heyns
    Leon Heynsabout 3 years ago

    I enjoyed the Singapore zoo because all the animals are in large open spaces. This is a great shot with a lot of detail. Thanks for sharing the info.

  • Thanks very much Leon. We spent two whole days at the zoo and wish we had more time.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyabout 3 years ago

    perfect shot of him looknig at you

  • Many thanks for your lovely comment Elaine.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Great capture of beauty.

  • Thanks for your kind comment Judy.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • BlueMoonRose
    BlueMoonRosealmost 3 years ago

    A beautiful animal that was previously unknown to me!

  • It was unknown to me as well Kathryn, thanks very much for your comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • miroslava
    miroslavaalmost 3 years ago

    nice shot !

  • Many thanks for that.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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