Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)

female Kudu

female Kudu

The Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) is a large antelope species occurring in the savannahs of central, eastern, and southern Africa. Larger individuals can reach a shoulder height of 1.5 m and weigh around 250 kg (rarely more than 300 kg). A characteristic feature are the long spiral horns of the males. During the mating season, bulls fight each other by horn clashing and wrestling with interlocked horns. Rarely, the horns become intertwined so strongly, that both individuals cannot free themselves and subsequently die. In general, males reach an age of 8 years, while females live up to 15 years. Most kudus stay in groups of 3 to 10 individuals and feed on leaves and young twigs. They are nervous on open ground, but tend to stand motionless in cover to avoid detection. If threatened, kudus can jump over 3 m high fences!

I have photographed these majestic antelopes almost throughout Namibia during a journey in February 2007.

among quiver trees

among quiver trees

male Kudu at water hole

male Kudu at water hole

young kudus

young kudus

female Kudu

female Kudu

in the shadows

in the shadows

seeking shade during the afternoon heat

seeking shade during the afternoon heat

kudus in the Namibian countryside

kudus in the Namibian countryside

2 responses to “Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)

    • I agree – the Nyala is also very pretty and the Sable is as majestic as the Kudu… so, I could not decide! I also like the smaller antelopes such as the Steenbok or the Klipspringer…

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