SOUTHERN GREATER KUDU (Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 53 7/8” (136.85 cm)*
52 “ (132.08 cm)**
SCI: 121  points

Track:
4 3/8“ (111 mm) x 2” (51 mm)

Average mass:
505 lb (230 kg)

Average shoulder height:
59“ (150 cm)

Record:
73 7/8“ (187.65 cm)*
66½“ (168.91 cm)**
154 points

Suggested calibers:
.30 and above
Bow:
60 lb with fixed broad head

Distribution

The Republic of Southern Africa, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Zaire, Namibia, Mozambique, Botswana and Angola.

Identification

Large, elegant antelope with impressive horns and white stripes on the flanks. Both the sexes have prominent ears. The male becomes darker against the neck when the hair falls out.

Differences between male and female:

The male is larger than the female and has horns.

Habitat

A savanna species. Occurs even in dry semi-desert areas that have sufficient food and shrubs for shelter. Prefers open woodland (especially thornveld) and rocky terrain with water nearby, wooded areas along streams in dry areas.

Habits

From herds of 4 to 12 animals, consisting of females and their young, or males. In the mating season a few females and young accompany an adult male. Out of season the males go solitary or form bachelor herds of up to six animals. Browses in the early morning and late afternoon. Rests in the shade during the hottest part of the day. Very timid and takes off to shelter at the slightest sign of danger. When it runs away, its tail is turned upwards so that the white under parts show a sign of alarm and direction.

Food

Leaves, sometimes sprouts, pods (especially from thorn trees) and even fresh grass.

Vocalization

A very loud, hoarse cough.

Breeding

A single young is born throughout the year, with a peak in late summer, after a gestation period of approximately 7 months.

Age

The southern greater Kudu’s lifespan is approximately 14 years.