An iconic African antelope!
Once you've seen this stunning antelope in the wild, you will never forget it... As a browser/grazer they eat leaves and grass, and as such can be found in the open and in the think bush, across southern Africa.
It has been proven that the Nyala evolutionary line has remained separate for 5 million years, making them one of the oldest antelope.
As one of the favourite prey species of lions, wild dogs, and leopards they must be very alert 100% of the time, day and night. Safety in numbers is therefor very important so Nyala are often seen in small herds, as well as hanging around with other antelope such as Impala, and quick often with baboons.
Nyala have exceptional hearing, eyesight, and sense of smell so when they suspect a predator is in the area they will make a sound much like that of a dogs bark, to alert others in the herd.
Males are twice the size of the females and sexually dimorphic, meaning they look very different to the female, with large double twisted horns, and striking patterns on their coats.
Bulls will fight for dominance and the right to mate with the females. These fights can result in very serious injuries, and death.
If you ever have the good luck to see one, stop, wait a while, and observe this wonderful animal going about it's daily business.