The Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus) is a bovine ungulate (hoofed) mammal. It is an antelope. It is also known as a Blue Bull.
The Nilgai has long thin legs and a sloping back. The male is bluish-grey and the female and juvenile are orange-brown. It has a white patch on its throat, and a short crest of hair along its neck. It has white facial spots. It has a tufted tail. Only the male has horns.
It grows to 100-150 centimetres (39-59 inches) at shoulder height. Its tail is about 54 centimetres (21 inches) long. The male’s horns are 15-24 centimetres (6-9 inches) long.
The Nilgai is native to Asia, particularly in India, Pakistan, and Nepal. It prefers areas with short bushes and trees.
It is diurnal, active during the day. It is mainly herbivorous, eating grass and herbs.
The Nilgai is found in small groups.
The female is pregnant for 240-270 days, before giving birth to one live young.
The average lifespan of the Nilgai is about 10 years.
Location of photographs: Paris Zoo, France
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM