This Eland (Tragelaphus oryx) was spotted, alone, alongside a road within Mana Pools park. It appears to have a bad, clouded right eye and was missing a tuft on its tail, giving the impression of some past, perhaps, lucky escape, possibly from predators! The eland is the largest of the African antelopes and, like its impala cousins, they feed by both browsing and grazing, enabling better survival during extremes. While closely related to the oryx, the eland would not be found in similar desert territory, although they share similar ability to go without water for extended periods, some say indefinitely in the case of the eland. During the 1970s the then Department of Wildlife in Rhodesia successfully bred Eland at Mushandike, near Masvingo as an experiment to test viability of potential farm rearing (for meat and skins) of this magnificent antelope.
(Canon 7D; f/5.6; 1/250sec; ISO-200; 310mm)
Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography