The Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) is a very tall African antelope. It is an ungulate mammal (it has hoofed feet).
The Greater Kudu is narrow-bodied with a small head and huge cupped ears. It has a chevron stripe between its eyes, and two white cheek spots. It has a beard along its throat, usually only on males. Females may have a white fringe on her throat. It is blue-grey, darkening in colour with age. It has 6-10 vertical white stripes on its body. It has a short bushy tail, black-tipped with white underneath. On its legs are black garters (a stripe or line). Only males have horns – the horns have two spirals.
It grows to 190-250 centimetres (75-98 inches) long and 100-150 centimetres (39-59 inches) tall. The male’s horns are 100-140 centimetres (39-55 inches) long.
It is native to eastern and southern Africa. It prefers woodlands and bushlands, particularly along rivers.
The Greater Kudu is a browser, eating plants, vines, leaves, tubers, flowers, and fruit.
Females are called cows, and males are called bulls. They live in small herds of 20-30 individuals.
Females are pregnant for 9 months, before giving birth to one single young, called a calf.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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