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Common Eland

(engl: Elan)

Escape is the best defense

Despite being one of the largest antelope species, and their enormous weight, Elans can reach speeds of up to 100 km/h. They usually run in a fast trot, which can be maintained over long distances. Their amazing jumping ability makes them exquisite high and long jumpers.

With horns and "marking brush"

Adult animals have impressive horns and forehead hair. These characteristics are more pronounced in males. Their mane is rubbed in mud or their own urine and is used to mark tree trunks or bushes.

Elenantilope, Foto: Tom Burger
Elenantilope, Foto: Tom Burger
Verbreitungsgebiet: Elenantilope
Verbreitungsgebiet: Elenantilope
Scientific Surname Tragelaphus oryx
Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Size male: till 180 cm, female: till 160 cm
Weight male: till 800 kg, female: till 500 kg
Reproduction gestation period 9 month, 1 subadult
Distribution Africa
Habitat bush, savannah
Food Grasses, Leaves, Herbs
Livestock endangered