Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52560

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Taurotagus
Genus species:Taurotagus oryx

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:2.1-3.5 m
Height:1.3-1.8 m
Weight:900 kg
Identification:The common eland has a light tan coat color, a few light stripes across its forequarters, black and white leg markings, and a black stripe along its back. Males have heavier horns than females as well as a mat of hair on the forehead.
Habitat:Open plains, savannas, mopane bush, montane forests, semi deserts
Diet:Herbivore: leaves, shoots, melons, tubers, bulbs
Reproduction:Females give birth to a single calf after gestating for 8.5-9 months. The calf is kept hidden for the first week of its life. Weaning takes place at six months of age.
Elands form troops of 6-24 animals. Larger herds may be seen during droughts. Older bulls are solitary.
Behavior:Most active in the morning, at dusk, and on moonlit nights, elands are highly nomadic.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Elands are the largest type of antelope.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Africa
Southern Africa
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Common eland
Elands
Bovidae
Artriodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates