Common Eland in Tanzania

Common eland in Swahili: pofu (Taurotragus oryx)

Shoulder height: 150–175 cm; weight: 450–900 kg. Africa’s largest antelope, the common eland is light brown in colour, sometimes with a few faint white vertical stripes. It has a somewhat bovine appearance, accentuated by the relatively short horns, square frame and large dewlap. It is widely distributed in East and southern Africa, and small herds may be seen almost anywhere in grassland or light woodland. The eland is fairly common in Serengeti and Mkomazi national parks, but difficult to approach closely.

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