Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)
A gracious spiral horned antelope standing 180 cm./72” tall at the shoulder, with only the males having horns. Mostly active during early mornings and late afternoons, the remarkable bark of a Kudu can be heard over great distances. Look for Kudu on cold winter mornings against western slopes as they enjoy sunbathing during this time. The same animals can be found on the eastern slopes during late afternoons (basking in the last rays of sun), as these animals cover great distances. During midday Kudu can almost always be found un-alert and drowsy. Dominant bulls are always at the back of a herd of between 6 to 20 animals. Males are territorial during winter rutting and drive other bulls away from their harem through horn clashing and fighting. Bulls have been found, both dead, where horns have interlocked. Mostly browsing, but grazing has been recorded. These antelope prefer thick bush where water is available.
Although a thin-skinned animal, adequate penetration is necessary. Wounded animals rarely survive for long. A good shot would be in line with the front leg, three quarters below the ridge of the back-hump, immediately in front of the first vertical white stripe running down the body.
Broadside and quartering away shots are advised when the animal is looking away from you. String-jump has been recorded.
SCI - 121”
Rowland Ward - 537/8”
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