Cape eland

Cape eland

Latin name: Taurotragus oryx

A Skilled Jumper!

  • An impressive fold of loose skin, known as a dewlap, hangs under its throat. Among the hypotheses advanced for its use are thermoregulation and protection against bites.
  • Its horns, up to 68 cm in length, are used defensively and even to kill small predators, which is rather unusual for horned animals.
  • It is very agile despite its nearly one ton weight and rather massive appearance! It can leap in the air with ease and jump over obstacles that are over two meters high from a standing start.
  • It rubs the tuft of hair on its forehead to the ground to impregnate it with various odors: elephant urine, ashes, or other smells. It then rubs this odorous mixture on trees and bushes. These perfumed boundaries probably guide it during its travels.
  • Relatively abundant, it has no particular status. Its populations are however in decline. Intensive hunting and the loss of habitat are probably the causes of this decline.
  • Distribution

    Southern Africa

  • Habitat

    Savannahs

  • Diet

    Herbivore

  • Status

    Not Assessed

  • Zoo Zone

    Africa