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Zimbabwe: Landuse in Dry Tropical Savannas






Nyala

Tragelaphus angasii

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Color Icon One of the least seen antelopes and not as abundant as the impala .It is usually found along the Limpopo river. It prefers thickets in the dry savannas , and is usually found in herds of as many as 30 animals. The nyala takes both graze and browse.

The nyala is notably sexually dimorphic, that is the males and females are markedly different. Apart form the fact that the males have horns and the females do not have horns, their coats colour, and hair length are very different.

The males stand at 112cm shoulder height with an average mass of 108kg while the ewes are smaller with a shoulder height of 97cm with an average mass of 62kg.





Sources:
DeGraaff (1992)
Animals of the Kruger National Park. Struik Publishers, Cape Town. 14pp.

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