CREATURE FEATURE: Topi

The Topi (Damaliscus lunatus jimela) is an East African antelope. 

The Topi is tan-brown with a dark-purple patch on its forehead, nose, and upper limbs. It has high shoulders, long ears, a short tail, and long legs. Its small horns are ridged. It is an ungulate (hoofed).

When they sleep, they sit down and put their nose on the ground.

Topi

Topi

The Topi lives in grasslands because it is a grazer, eating grass. It moves constantly in search of grass.

The Topi can grow to one metre (42 inches) tall.

They socialize in herds of 2-10 individuals.

Female Topi have one baby, called a calf, after a pregnancy of about 8 months.

 

Topi

Topi

Topi

Topi

Topi

Topi

Topi

Topi

Topi

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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