KUDU ANTELOPE (tragelaphus strepsiceros)
Habitat: Eastern and Southern Africa
Height: 55 inches at shoulder
Weight: 265 - 565 pounds
Gestation: up to 9 months
Longevity: 7 years in the wild and up to 23 years in captivity
The greater kudu is considered by many to be the most handsome of the tragelaphine antelopes, which includes the bongo, eland, nyala, and bushbuck.
Kudu are active throughout the day and their large ears are extremely sensitive to sound making them difficult to approach. Kudu are accomplished jumpers and can easily clear 8 feet. They are not territorial and group in small maternal groups. The males spiraled horns, which can be up to 56 inches long and have up to 3 full turns, are well developed for wrestling and sometimes, 2 males can become fatally entangled.