Giant Eland

Tragelaphus derbianus

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Giant elands have longer and more massive spiral horns than common elands, extending up to 4 feet in males and 2 feet in females. Mature males also have a large dewlap on the neck that extends from chin to chest. 

Giant eland females and their calves can be found in herds of about 25 individuals, while most mature males tend to be solitary. Males that do live in herds establish a dominance hierarchy, which in turn, determines success in mating opportunities with females. This dominance is determined by aggressive interactions through the use of their horns. Weaned calves leave their mother’s herd to join other juveniles in mix-sexed groups for about 2 years.


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