Eland.. a big Antelope.

Common eland (Taurotragus oryx)

The name ‘eland’ is Dutch for "elk" or "moose". I didn’t know that.!!

Common elands are spiral-horned antelopes.  Females weigh 300–600 kg (660–1,300 lb.), measure 200–280 cm (79–110 in) from the snout to the base of the tail and stand 125–153 cm (49–60 in) at the shoulder. Bulls weigh 400–942 kg (880–2,080 lb.), are 240–345 cm (94–136 in) from the snout to the base of the tail and stand 150–183 cm (59–72 in) at the shoulder. The tail is 50–90 cm (20–35 in) long. Male elands can weigh up to 1,000 kg (2,200 lb.)….

Males have dense fur on their foreheads and a large dewlap on their throats.

The common eland is just so slow, with a top speed of 40 kilometres (25 mi) per hour that tires them out quickly. However, they maintain a 22 kilometres (14 mi) per hour trot indefinitely. Elands are capable of jumping up to 2.5 metres (8 ft. 2 in) from a standing start when startled (up to 3 metres (9.8 ft.) for young elands). So don’t startle them…

I had a little fun with the photos I took recently of this antelope… enjoy (he was so close I could get some real close-ups…

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Here he is noticing the food closer to me….

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