• Greater Kudu tragelaphine antelopes

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    large browser woodlands dry areas magnificent horns male grey brown coat thin white stripes mane shoulders lion predator South Africa Mapumalanga wild life buck antelope animal mammal hunted biltong threatened species Greater Kudu tragelaphine
    Physical Characteristics The greater Kudu is considered to be the most handsome of the tragelaphine antelopes, which includes the bongo, eland, nyuala, bushbuck and sitatunga. Kudu have stripes and spots on the body and have a chevron of white hair on the forehead between the eyes. The Kudu ears are a distinct feature in both sexes, as they are particularly large and broad for the size of their head and fringed with white hair. Adult males have a short beard of dark hair and a fringe of long hair down the mid-throat.Males have long spiral horns which can grown as long as 72 inches, making 2.5 - 3 graceful twists. These beautifully shaped horns have long been prized in Africa for use as musical instruments, honey containers and symbolic ritual objects. In many cultures, the horns are thought to be the dwelling places of powerful spirits and in others are a symbol for male potency. The horns are seldom used in defense against predators. They also do not impede travel in wooded areas — the kudu simply tilts the chin up and lays the horns against the back, moving easily through dense bush. Female kudu are noticeably smaller than the males and do not have horns.
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    Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls - Blyde River Canyon Dam - Kruger Park - South Africa
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