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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nyala


Very often Nyala are confused with Kudu and Bushbuck, although the Kudu is much larger when fully grown and the Bushbuck only slightly bigger than the Nyala.

The male has a distinctive white chevron between his eyes and up to seven white vertical stripes on each side of his body, while the female has about nine.
Like most other antelope species, only the males have horns. They are lyre-shaped and the longest horns that have been recorded were 83.5 centimetres.
Their gestation period is about seven months after which a single calf is born.
Info: Unique Facts about Wildlife in South Africa (Joan Young)

2 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Love Nyala, I did a painting of one for my Dad's office many years ago and now I have it in my office. It is one of my favourites. Have a good week Diane

Gaelyn said...

They do look a bit like Kudu, except for all those stripes.