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Nyala

Nyala angasii or Tragelaphus angasii

Description:

The Nyala is a spiral-horned antelope native to southern Africa. It is a middle-sized antelope, between a bushbuck and a kudu. Females and young males have ten or more white vertical stripes on their sides. When the male grow older it changes the pattern so much that the species is concedered the most sexually dimorphic antelope. See example here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/362...

Habitat:

Mkhaya game reserve, where there is a breeding programme of endangered species in Swaziland. However, there are also some natural predators in the area, such as leopard, hyena and crocodiles.

Notes:

Females often remain near their mothers when they have their offspring, so the relationships in female herds may be considered relatively closer than that of males. The nyala's range includes Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. It has been introduced to Botswana and Namibia, and reintroduced to Swaziland, where it was extinct since the 1950s.

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15 Comments

Tiz
Tiz 4 years ago

Thank you Alice and Tom :) They were very relaxed since they had a habit of grazing close to a bush camp.
I agree Karen, it is a bit time consuming, but to upload a photo or two when travelling is a great way to log the trip! It is so worth it :)

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 years ago

Thank you, Tiz! I try to get one or two up daily. Were out of town today, so that was mostly a no go. Between deciding which photos for a series and then reducing the image size for PN it is time consuming! But I'm sure you know that

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 5 years ago

Love Them!

Tom15
Tom15 5 years ago

Very nice set of pictures Tiz! They don't look nervous at all.

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Thank you Adarsha B S and Pradeep Kumar :)
Karen, I check every day to see your uploads. That elehans must have been a fantastic experience!
Thank you Mark, I am happy you appreciate them.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 5 years ago

Very nice spotting :)

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 5 years ago

Very beautiful pictures!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 years ago

With an 18 day trip I took tons of pics and the Nyala were toward the beginning, in S Africa.... but for some unexplained reason I started near the end. Once I get done with this particular day, I'll back track and start where I'm supposed to!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

Wonderful little family scene. So glad they're getting back into some old areas.

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Kel, Shhh! You were not supposed to tell on me about the painting part! :D They do follow a kind of a hierarchy. The young ones, their olders sisters and mothers keep together in small groups, up to 20 animals. Like a kindergarden. Males tend to hang out alone, or with a smaller group. Old males tend to be alone.

KarenSaxton, yes they are majestic, especially the male. I am looking forward to the day you reach your photos of them :) It is interesting to compare the patterns.

Thank you for your comments too, Riekos and Arya :)

Arya
Arya 5 years ago

Nice family capture Tiz!

RiekoS
RiekoS 5 years ago

Beautiful.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 5 years ago

I had the pleasure of seeing these guys in the flesh a few weeks ago. Haven't gotten to their pictures yet to post. Beautiful animals and one of my favorite antelopes

Sckel
Sckel 5 years ago

Okay, where did you hide the paint bucket? :D

Eles são lindos. Eu nunca vi isso antes. Na hora de comer, eles obedecem a um tipo de hierarquia?

Tiz
Tiz 5 years ago

Thank you Dilan! You are so kind :))

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 5 years ago

Beautiful!!

Mbabane, Sifundza seHhohho, Swaziland

Lat: -26.63, Long: 31.75

Spotted on Dec 24, 2013
Submitted on Jan 7, 2014

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