The Eland is the world’s largest antelope which inhabits most of southern Africa. The scientific name of the common eland is Taurotragus oryx, composed of three words: tauros, tragos and oryx. They are sexually dimorphic, with females being smaller than the males and their coats are smooth, a dusty brown in colour, and they have a rough mane.
As the males age, their coats become more grey. Common Elands are resistant to quite a few diseases. Male elands have 31 diploid chromosomes while the females have 32.
Elands reside in Southern Africa and along the Southern African plateau. They inhabit grasslands, sub-deserts, bush velds and other drier areas, as they like to feed on shrubs commonly found in those areas, while they tend to avoid swamps, wetlands and forests. They require a high-protein diet that they get from leaves, roots and berries.
Taxidermy (Hunting Eland):
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Facts about the Eland:
They only have one offspring
In contrast to being the largest antelope, eland is also the slowest antelope.
Eland is domesticated in Africa for meat and milk.
Female Elands prefer to live in bigger herds than young elands.