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.
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.
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