Since I am a novice in Africa, I find it quite difficult to tell the difference between the Nyala, the Kudu and the Bushbuck. 2005), This page was last edited on 6 January 2021, at 23:17. [6], The nyala is the second taxon to branch off from the tragelaphine family tree just after the lesser kudu. Physical Characteristics Kudus, both the greater kudu and its close cousin the lesser kudu, have stripes and spots on the body, and most have a chevron of white hair on the forehead between the eyes. The nyala is a spiral-horned and middle-sized antelope, between a bushbuck and a kudu. It prefers areas that provide permanent supply of water and fresh grass. Horns are 60–83 cm (24–33 in) long and yellow-tipped. DOI identifier: 10.1007/s10709-014-9772-7. But now-a-days they are becoming less shy and often come out in the sight of tourists. Impala are very adaptable and when food is plentiful, the males become territorial. [16] They also inhabit lush green river country. The Bushbuck is a close relative of the Kudu and the Nyala. Another difference between gazelles and other antelopes is that only gazelles tend to display a behaviour known as stotting. The hybrid was phenotypically nyala and was identified as such based on mitochondrial DNA. [31], Another study was done to find whether the sexual dimorphism in the nyala influenced its foraging habits. Males weigh 98-125 kg and stand over one meter tall at the shoulder, while females weigh 55-68 kg and are slightly less than a meter tall. Interspecific hybridization between greater kudu and nyala ... differences.The former can disruptthe cascadeof events leadingto the developmentof testisand otherreproductive relatedoccurrences (see forexampleWaters and Robinson D.L. [1] This species is currently of Least Concern, and the population is considered stable by both the IUCN and CITES. [14], Fossil evidence suggests that the nyala has been a separate species since the end of the Miocene (5.8 million years ago). What Are The Differences Between Springboks And Impalas? Gestation period of approximately 220 days. They are very cautious creatures. ... Kudu package $ 6 450. kudu OR eland OR waterbuck; blue wildebeest OR zebra; impala; 2 X warthogs; 7 hunting days; transfers included; Full details. How to tell the difference between a male and female ostrich. About the Nyala. Most kudu bulls, therefore, live in separate bachelor herds. More differences were noted, as males ate woody species at a greater average height whereas females fed from the low herbaceous layer. Another interesting fact about Nyala while we discuss male/females is the naming of the two genders. Ostertagia harrisi and C. rotundispiculum were the most dominant nematodes in the antelope. This is another tricky one so we thought we would try shed some light on how to tell them apart. The dominant parasites were Theileria species, T. buffeli, T. bicornis, Ehrlichia species, Anaplasma marginale and A. Still, the hybrid had a strong male scent and exhibited male behaviour. For example, with impalas, only males have horns. The kudu or ‘koodoo’ is the Khoisan name given to this antelope. These are the Ndumo Game Reserve, uMkuze Game Reserve and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve and Kruger National Park. Tragelaphus - The Kudu. Mitochondrial DNA analysis revealed the presence of a unique haplotype in individuals from each location. [2] The nyala is very shy and cautious in nature, and like remaining hidden rather than coming out in the open. [18] The nyala has hairy glands on its feet, which leave their scent wherever it walks. The two species of these animals look quite similar, though Greaters are larger than their lesser counterparts. Most kudu bulls, therefore, live in separate bachelor herds. The male nyala weighs 98-125 kg and the female nyala weighs 55-68 kg. Home ranges of adult males are about 11 square kilometers, and generally encompass the ranges of two or three female groups. C’est pourquoi nous faisons la différence entre cookies nécessaires, pertinents et externes. There are 6-10 vertical stripes along the sides, a chevron between the eyes, and cheek spots. The kudu is considered to be the most handsome of the tragelaphine antelopes, which includes the bongo, eland, nyala, bushbuck and sitatunga. Male or bull Nyala feeding in the early morning. [2] The spoor is similar to that of the bushbuck, but larger. The Lesser Kudu and the Greater Kudu are both ungulate mammals (they have hoofed feet). It is considered the most sexually dimorphic antelope. Below is a description that will provide you with a brief outlook on each of these species of African antelope. [22] Ten tick species, two louse species and a louse fly species were recovered in a study of 73 nyalas at Umfolozi, Mkuzi and Ndumu Game Reserves in northeastern KwaZulu-Natal in 1983 and 1984 and an additional six individuals in 1994. It grows a dark brown or slate grey in adult males, often with a bluish tinge. Males are significantly larger and are covered with charcoal grey fur with the lower legs, ears and foreheads being tan. In adults, there was interstitial fibrosis of the cardiac muscle, along with arteriosclerosis. The reverse occurred in the rainy season. The young are killed by jackals and the smaller cats, baboons, eagles and pythons. There are in fact, however five different species of rhino left worldwide and in this region we have the possibility of seeing two species; namely the black and white rhinos. ... bongo, nyala, and gedemsa or mountain nyala), Ammelaphus (lesser kudu), Strepsiceros (greater kudu), and their close relatives Taurotragus (elands). They are an orange-brown colour, they lack the thick coats and have slightly more vertical lines – approximately 18 lines. They need a regular intake of water, and thus choose places with a water source nearby. Further genetic analysis based on nine microsatellite markers, chromosome number and chromosome morphology however, confirmed its status as an F1 hybrid. [34], Before ovulation, the Graafian follicles reach a length of at least 6.7 cm (2.6 in). [14] As of 1999, the total population of the nyala was around 32,000 individuals. In Mozambique there are not more than 3,000, in Zimbabwe there are over 1,000 while numbers in Malawi have fallen from 3,000 to about 1,500. During the rainy season they feed upon the fresh grass. Today the nyala are found in South African protected areas in the KwaZulu-Natal Game Reserves of Ndumo Game Reserve, uMkuze Game Reserve and Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, and in Kruger National Park. It was concluded that the differences resulted from varying nutritional and energetic demands according to their diverse body sizes and differing reproductive strategies. The research discovered new parasites that the nyala was host of - namely a Cooperia rotundispiculum race, Gaigeria pachyscelis, a Gongylonema species, Haemonchus vegliai, Impalaia tuberculata, an Oesophagostomum species, a Setaria species, Trichostrongylus deflexus, Trichostrongylus falculatus, the larval stage of a Taenia species, a Thysaniezia species and Schistosoma mattheei. [16] They also react to the alarm calls of impala, baboon and kudu. The nyala is an antelope and is longer than it is tall with more delicate spiralling horns and some beautiful white spots on it's face and neck and has a ridge of hair (in males) along it's back. Hybridization of wildlife species, even in the absence of introgression, is of concern due to wasted reproductive effort and a reduction in productivity. The male stands up to 110 cm (43 in), the female is up to 90 cm (3.0 ft) tall. Kudu in Kruger are found in herds of between six and 20 cows accompanied by a dominant male or two. Males have another line of hair along the midline of their chest and belly. The validity of the paper had to be called into question. Rams appear more charcoal grey in color. Only males have horns, 60–83 cm (24–33 in) long and yellow-tipped. Nyala are medium sized in comparison to other antelopes, with a marked size difference between the sexes. For other uses, see, Alden, P. C.; Estes, R. D.; Schlitter, D.; McBride, B. They live in what is referred to as temporary associations, the only persisting bond being between a mother and her last 2 calves. An adult nyala’s height ranges from 135-195 cm. The resultant difference is the amount of fat on the kidney. It is considered the most sexually dimorphic antelope. Populations vary from 2-3 animals per square kilometer. Adult males and females look totally different. *The Springbok has a white face and white stomach which the Impala has light brown. Physical Characteristics Kudus, both the greater kudu and its close cousin the lesser kudu, have stripes and spots on the body, and most have a chevron of white hair on the forehead between the eyes. The Kudu, Eland and Oryx. Nyala is a type of antelope that belongs to the bovid family. As the nyala line has remained separate for a considerable amount of time (over 5 million years), it has now been placed in its own monotypic genus Nyala. Crocodiles are known for their stealth, patience, and their shocking agility, especially in water. Besides the differences mentioned above, springboks and impalas have a number of other more distinct differences. The male grows to between 30 and 36 inches in height, while the female grows to between 28 and 32 inches. The uploaded pictures shows a young Nyala female, an older nyala female and a male Nyala. It is a medium sized antelope with a build similar to that of a bushbuck and the face of a kudu. [3], In 2005, Sandi Willows-Munro (of the University of KwaZulu-Natal) and colleagues carried out a mitochondrial analysis of the nine Tragelaphus species. [36], There is a significant increase in corpus luteum in the last third of gestation. [27] The home ranges of males are approximately equal to that of females, about 10 km2. [1] The nyala also thrive in Lengwe National Park in Malawi. The kudu can jump six-foot-high fences from a standing position, and when fleeing from danger, they can clear obstacles as high as 10 feet. The graceful impala is a slender, medium-sized antelope so adaptable that it is found from southern Africa to the northern limits of East Africa. They are also known to be one of…, A dedicated, intelligent and inspiring young woman has joined our small team… Robyn has been working with Africa Wild Trails since 2017 to establish and develop the research side of our operation, collating groups of eager conservation students to attend the Nile Crocodile and Giraffe research projects for the past four years. Nyala are medium sized antelopes and they have a body length between 1.4 and 1.6 m (4.5 - 5.25 ft), a tail length between 40 and 55 cms (16 - 22 inches) and they weigh between 55 and 125 kgs (120 - 280 lbs).