Greater Kudu

Tragelaphus strepsiceros

Woodland antelope found throughout eastern and southern Africa. Despite occupying such widespread territory, they are sparsely populated in most areas, due to a declining habitat, deforestation and hunting.  Greater kudus have a narrow body with long legs, and their coats can range from brown/bluish-grey to reddish-brown. They possess between 4–12 vertical white stripes along their torso. 

Females do not grow horns but the males grow large spiral horns that can reach an average of 47 inches.  Males can reach between 420-600 pounds while females are smaller and reach around 260-460 pounds.  Males can reach up to 63 inches at the shoulder.  Females give birth to a single calf anytime of the year after 240 days.  These are one of the largest antelope species.

Here at PLZ, they will eat a combination of commercial diet formulated for them and grazeable area (i.e. grass) or supplemented with hay and alfalfa.  Trace minerals should always be available.

Interesting Facts:

¨ Second largest antelope species in the world.

¨ Males will reach 2 and a half twists in their horns at around 6 years of age.

¨ Horns can grow up to 72 inches in length

¨ Their spiral horns allow males to lock horns while rutting over females.