The Republic of Southern Africa, East-Southeast of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique
Elegant, slender antelope. The male has a white chevron mark between the eyes, white-tipped mane and yellow ‘socks’.
Only the male has horns and is much larger and darker in colour.
Associated with thickets in dry woodland. This includes dense woodland, riverine forests, island bush in flood plains and other thickets. Surrounding flood plains and grass plains are visited when grass sprouts. Dependent on water.
Form temporary herds of between 3 and 30 animals with home ranges overlapping. Solitary young ones, females and males, young male herds, adult male herds, female herds, family herds and mixed herds can be distinguished. Family herds are the most stable of all. The male horns the ground or lifts its mane when another male is nearby. Feeds when it is cool, even at night and rests during the hottest part of the day.
Leaves, branches, fruit and flowers. Drinks water daily when available.
Female makes a ‘click’ sound, young ones bleat. Males have a deep bark as an alarm call.
A single young is born at any time throughout the year, but breeding peaks between August and December, after a gestation period of approximately 7 months.
The lifespan of the Nyala is approximately 13 years.