Eland

Eland

Taurotragus oryx

This big antelope should not really be making it onto my web site, which is reserved for “econo game".  However, although expensive by impala standards, they are not a bad buy if you could eat that much venison in one season, or find a meat buyer beforehand.  Like all the other spiral horns, their trophies are very popular with foreign hunters.

Eland can be skittish or quite tame, depending on circumstances.  When overly tame such as on game viewing ranches or in game parks, they can actually become dangerously aggressive at times.  One bull had me jump onto my truck and would not let me open the gate.

The males have a more prominent dewlap and thicker, more ridged horns.  Males are further distinguishable by a tuft of dark brown hair on the forehead.

They are not territorial, and will migrate if their movements are not curtailed by fencing.

Eland make serious crop raiders, when they feed at night.  Although predominantly browsers, they are fond of soft, green grass.

In summer time the herds grow to a 1000 animals, but in winter they break up into smaller groups again.

 

Did you know?

Eland is the largest of all antelope.  A big bull weighs up to 900 kg on the hoof.

They are remarkably agile for their weight; can jump a 7 ft fence with ease.

It is considered viable by some to domesticate the eland, and even to cross breed it with cattle.

They are independent of water.

Like kudu, they break down branches with their horns to feed on.

Eland make a clicking noise when walking.  I don’t know why.