Nyala – Tragelaphus angasii
Photographed at a waterhole in Mkuzi Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Two females & a male – The male is much darker in colour than the females, which are a lovely golden brown.
They are a medium-sized antelope, usually found in close proximity to thickets, from which they rarely stray. The males are shaggy & darker in colour, whilst the females resemble the female kudu, but are smaller. Their most distinguishing characteristic is their yellow legs.Only the males have horns, which are less spiralled than the Kudus, and are white-tipped.
They are gregarious and form herds of up to 30 animals, but often occur in groups of two’s or three’s.
They are predominantly browsers, but also eat fruit dislodged by the primates. Their main enemy is the leopard, but they are also taken by lion and crocodile.