IDENTIFICATION: Medium sized elegant and slender antelope. The male has a wide chevron mark between the eyes, white-tipped mane and yellow "socks" with an overall body color of slate brown. Females are completely different from males. They are much smaller, orange on color, with distinct white body stripes and no facial chevron. Young Nyala males are very similar to females and only later start assuming adult males coloration. Horns: Only males have horns.
DISTRIBUTION: Only in Southeastern Africa.
HABITAT: Associated with thickets in dry woodland. This includes dense woodland, riverine forests, island bush in floodplains and other thickets. Surrounding floodplains and grass plains are visited when grass sprouts. Dependent on water.
HABITS: Forms temporary herds of 3-30 animals with home ranges overlapping. Solitary young ones, females and males, young male herds can be distinguished. Family herds are the most stable of all. The male horns the ground or lifts its mane when another male is nearby. Grazes when it is cool, even at night, and rests during the hottest part of the day.
INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: Nyala form part of the Spiral Horned family and is certainly the most beautiful in all of the family consisting of Kudu, Nyala, Bushbuck and Eland. A very interesting hunt with great stalking opportunities. The trophy quality of a bull is determined by good basses, a steep rise forming a “bell” and tips either pointing straight up or flaring outwards. The classic trophy to many is a flaring bull with solid white tips. A very popular species to hunt and a must for those hunters interested in collecting the spiral family.
- Ave Age of Mature Bulls: +/- 8 Years
- Ave Weight of Mature Bulls: +/- 200 Pounds
- Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License