NYALA (Tragelaphus angasii)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 27” (68.58 cm)*
26” (66.04 cm)**
SCI: 63 points

Track:
2 3/8” (60 mm) x 1 5/8” (41 mm)

Average mass:
242 lb (110 kg)

Average shoulder height:
44” (112 cm)

Record:
32 7/8” (83.50 cm)*
32 7/8” (83.50 cm)**
84 1/8 points

Suggested calibers:
.270, any 7 mm or .30 cal.
Bow:
50 lb Compound with fixed broad head.

Distribution

The Republic of Southern Africa, East-Southeast of Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique

Identification

Elegant, slender antelope. The male has a white chevron mark between the eyes, white-tipped mane and yellow ‘socks’.

Differences between male and female:

Only the male has horns and is much larger and darker in colour.

Habitat

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.

Habits

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.

Food

Leaves, branches, fruit and flowers. Drinks water daily when available.

Vocalization

Female makes a ‘click’ sound, young ones bleat. Males have a deep bark as an alarm call.

Breeding

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.

Age

The lifespan of the Nyala is approximately 13 years.