Greater kudu in Tanzania

Greater kudu in Swahili: tandala (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)

Shoulder height: 140–155 cm; weight: 180–250 kg. In many parts of Africa, the greater kudu is the most readily observed member of the genus tragelaphus, a group of medium to large antelopes characterised by the male’s large spiralling horns and dark coat generally marked with several vertical white stripes. It is very large, with a grey-brown coat and up to ten stripes on each side, and the male has magnificent double-spiralled horns. A widespread animal occurring in most wooded habitats except for true forest, the greater kudu has been rare in most of Tanzania and Kenya since it was all but wiped out by a rinderpest epidemic in the late 19th century. However, small numbers do persist in Tarangire and Ruaha national parks.

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