Nyala (Tragelaphus angasi)

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Quick stats of the Nyala

  • Diet: - Herbivore
  • Shoulder Height: - 1.05 m
  • Weight: - Male - 115 kg
  • Weight: - Female - 69 kg
  • Lifespan - 14 years

Description

Nyala © C Du Plessis

The Nyala is found only in eastern Africa and is often confused with the kudu. They prefer browsing and are found in bushy areas.

There are obvious differences which allow easy recognition of the two species. The males horn has a distinctive white tip and they have a characteristic yellowy-orange on the lower parts of the legs.

Males and females differ. A male has a shaggy coat with a white crest stretching along the top of its back. Females are not as hairy and have redder coats. They also have no horns. Females and younger males have a series of up to eight lighter vertical stripes along the side of the body.

A single young is born, normally from August - October, after a gestation period of 8-9 months.

 

Other Names for the Nyala

  • Njala

Distribution

Distribution map of the Nyala
Distribution map of the Nyala

Taxonomy of the Nyala

  • Order - Artiodactyla
  • Family - Bovidae
  • Sub Family - Bovinae
  • Genus - Tragelaphus
  • Species - Tragelaphus angasi

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