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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60 thoughts on “Eland.. a big Antelope.

  1. I liked the closeup of his mouth. You really were close! I hadn’t heard of an Eland before. There’s nothing too common about him, even if Eland simply means antelope. And his spiral horns are really beautiful. This guy looked nice and relaxed. 🙂

  2. Lovely shots, but it is difficult to give a photographic impression of their sheer size. That comes across really forcefully when one unexpectedly (upwind) comes upon a herd of them!

  3. I didn’t know the name ‘eland’ is Dutch for “elk” or “moose” either, Bulldog. I’m always learning here 😀 I love the curled horns – what a magnificent creature 😉

  4. Fabulous close-ups, bulldog. What a lovely face he has, and I really like that smile. Amazing facts about their agility. I wouldn’t call 40kms per hour, really slow. 🙂

  5. I love the close up of the smiling face – that one needs a caption! Their horns are so pretty – are they ever victim to poachers for their horns? Or are there not enough of them around for there to be a trade in them?

    • Their horns have no value to anyone except the trophy hunter… they are shot for their meat every year on hunting farms… but one does pay a premium price… nearly R12 000 for a bull…

    • That surprises all of us.. yet I’ve seen them jump an 8ft fence from standing when we went to chase them out of the vegetable lands… unbelievable…

  6. Was this in the wild? – you got so close. We have deer that pass through our woods and venture into our field in spring and fall but always just does – never a buck. Great shots Bulldog.

    • Yes this was in a reserve where they had put out a bit of supplementary feed for the Rhino and this guy strolled up to within 2 m of me and fed… made my photo shoot a pleasure…

  7. It’s hard to imagine it can jump more than eight feet, especially from a standing start. Great you could get so close to get your photos.

    • Thanks Brian.. I quietly sat at a supplementary feeding point and this guy joined the Rhino and came and fed right in front of me… about 2 metres away…

  8. More than eight feet is some jump, especially from a standing start. It must have very powerful legs or springs built in. Great you could get so close to get your photos.

  9. I only saw one of these in South Africa and we were so far away. Thanks for sharing the photos so I can see one “up close.”

  10. I didn’t know that either bulldog! So, now we can also say we have “elk” or “moose” here in South Africa! Now that is great! 😀
    Great shots of another beautiful animal my friend! Those horns are magnificent! Love seeing your gorgeous photo’s. Thanks so much for sharing and have a lovely Friday and weekend! 😀 *big hugs*

  11. They are beautiful, I loved your compositions with them, the colours are so beautiful too. Thank you dear Rob, have a nice Friday and weekend, love, nia

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