Eland Herd Pauses


Now and again one is blessed with sighting of a herd of Eland (Tragelaphus oryx) in the Mana Pools areas. This herd seems to be predominantly male, but sometimes one encounters large nursery herds. The Eland is not a fast moving beast, basically being able to maintain a trot rate over several kilometers of about 35 kph, but rarely does so. Eland have the bulk of a domestic cow (and in fact were bred in captivity for their meat in Zimbabwe at one time). They are generally slower than other plains antelope, which might suggest this makes them a favourite for predators, but like the Kudu, the Eland is an incredibly high jumper. An Eland’s defense against predators is not in flight, but engagement, sometimes by mobbing and chasing off the predator.
Population Trend : Stable; Threat: Least ConcernSource IUCN
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF100-400mm IS II USM; 1/3000 sec; f/5.6; ISO 640; 371mm)

Picture ©2016 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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