The Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) is a woodland antelope found throughout eastern and southern Africa.
The coat can range from brown/bluish-grey to reddish-brown. They possess between 4–12 vertical white stripes along their torso.
Size: 170 cm x 130 cm
The name of the animal was imported into English in the 18th century from one of the native languages isiXhosa’s “iqhude”.
The range of the kudu extends from east Africa into the south where they are found in Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Their habitat includes thick bushveld, rocky hillsides, dry riverbeds and anywhere with a constant supply of water. They will occasionally venture onto plains only if there is a large abundance of bushes, but normally avoid such open areas to avoid becoming an easy target for their predators.
Kudu are one of the largest species of antelope. Males weigh 190–270 kg (420–600 lb), with a maximum of 315 kg (694 lb), and stand up to 160 cm (63 in) tall at the shoulder. Kudu are great kickers and are capable of breaking a wild dog’s or jackal’s neck or back. They are good jumpers and can clear a 5-foot fence from a standing start. Kudu are very evasive.
They use the tactic of running short distances and then hiding instead of simply running away as other African antelope commonly do. When wounded, females can keep running for many miles without stopping to rest for more than a minute. Frederick Selous, in his classic work, A Hunter’s Wanderings in Africa, 1881, described the kudu as “perhaps the handsomest antelope in the world.”