There are over 30 different antelope species to find in Africa, plus many many more subspecies. From the giant eland, weighing in at over a ton to the “Tiny 10”, the differences are mind boggling.
Asia is home to 14 species of antelope, and all but three of them are members of the gazelle tribe. The nilgai is the largest of all Asian antelope, and is one of the most common.
Antelopes are a diverse group of typically hollow-horned, slender-built, and swift bovids native to Africa and Asia.
Antelopes are generally characterized by a light, elegant figure, graceful limbs, small cloven hoofs, a short tail, and large and unbranched horns, which may be spiral-shaped. There are over 80 species of antelope, ranging in size from the royal antelope, which weighs about 8 pounds, to the giant eland, which weighs up to a ton. Antelope species do not form a taxonomic group but are spread throughout the subfamilies of the Bovidae family (bovids); many are more closely related to buffalo and wild cattle of the world or goats than to each other.
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The Spiral-horned Antelope of Africa
The spiral-horned antelope of the African continent fall under what is known as ‘the bushbuck tribe’, or tragelaphini. Members of the tribe include the bushbuck, sitatunga, nyala, mountain nyala, lesser kudu, greater kudu, bongo, common eland and derby or giant eland. These antelopes differ from all other African antelopes in having a non-territorial social or mating system and, of course, are distinguished by the spiral shape of their horns.
The Tiny 10
The Tiny 10 is a group of pygmy antelope residing in southern Africa. All of these antelope are extremely small; the largest specimens weighing less than 50 pounds. Antelope species in the Tiny 10 include steenbok; common duiker; oribi; klipspringer; Cape grysbok; Sharpe’s grysbok; Dik-dik; red duiker; blue duiker; and sunni.
Bushbuck, sitatunga, nyala and bongo are the best known of Africa’s forest antelopes.
We have plains game hunts in the following African countries:
All but three of the antelope species found in Asia are classified as gazelles.
- Mountain gazelle
- Goitered gazelle
- Arabian gazelle (extinct)
- Saudi gazelle (extinct)
- Queen of Sheba’s gazelle (extinct)
- Dorcas gazelle
- Indian gazelle
The nilgai has been associated with Indian culture since the Vedic period (1500–500 BCE). Hindus revere the nilgai as sacred and associate it with the cow, the mother animal in Hinduism, through its name and loosely similar physical features.
The largest antelope of Asia, it has been introduced to Texas and is a popular game animal there.
The antelope is native to and found mainly in India. Formerly widespread, only small, scattered herds are seen today in its native range. Blackbuck have been introduced in Argentina and the United States where they are popular with hunters.
Other Asian Antelope
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