FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory

ANTELOPES

A constant of South Africa’s wild places, antelopes thrive in every habitat from rainforest to desert. They range from the tiny blue duiker, which weighs about the same as a domestic cat, to the cattle-sized eland. Otherwise similar in appearance to deer, antelopes sport permanent horns rather than seasonal antlers. The family has its very own photogenic “Big Five”: eland, kudu, gemsbok, sable antelope and roan antelope.

TAXONOMY

Antelopes split into two groups. The eland, greater kudu, nyala and bushbuck belong to the tribe Tragelaphini, more closely related to buffaloes than to other antelopes, which are split across nine tribes.

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