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Nyala

Nyala angasii or Tragelaphus angasii

Description:

The nyala (Nyala angasii or Tragelaphus angasii), also called inyala,[3] is a spiral-horned antelope native to southern Africa. It is a species of the family Bovidae and genus Nyala, also considered to be in the genus Tragelaphus. It was first described in 1849 by George French Angas. The body length is 135–195 cm (53–77 in), and it weighs 55–140 kg (120–310 lb). The coat is rusty or rufous brown in females and juveniles, but grows a dark brown or slate grey, often tinged with blue, in adult males. Females and young males have ten or more white stripes on their sides. Only males have horns, 60–83 cm (24–33 in) long and yellow-tipped. It exhibits the highest sexual dimorphism among the spiral-horned antelopes.

Habitat:

These inhabit thickets within dense and dry savanna woodlands. The main predators of the nyala are lion, leopard and Cape hunting dog, while baboons and raptorial birds hunt for the juveniles

Notes:

I was lucky enough to come across this mother and fawn just after the birth, i was so cute to see the fawn take its first steps!

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Mbabane, Sifundza seHhohho, Swaziland

Spotted on Sep 12, 2013
Submitted on Jan 7, 2014

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