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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Hippotragus
Genus species:Hippotragus equinus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:190-240 cm
Height:126-145 cm
Weight:260-280 kg
Identification:The coat color of the roan antelope varies from sandy fawn to dark red. The undersides are white, and the face markings are black and white. This antelope has long ear tufts, a stiff mane, and horns that curve backward.
Habitat:Open woodlands, dry bush, savannas near water
Diet:Herbivore: grass, small amounts of leaves and fruit
Reproduction:During the mating season, a bull will separate a receptive cow from the herd. The two will live separately for awhile during the mating process. The gestation period is 8.5-9 months long with a single calf being produced.
Herds of 20 females and their young are led by a master bull.
Behavior:Roan antelope can be very aggressive.
Status:Threatened
Interesting Facts:The main predators of roan antelope are lions, leopards, hunting dogs, and hyenas.

Other Information

Geographic:Central Africa
Southern Africa
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Roan antelope
Antelopes
Bovidae
Artriodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates