Year of 2017

Female nyalas, Kruger National Park, South Africa

If these female nyalas are headed to their local watering hole, they may be celebrating National Girlfriends Day, an August 1 holiday that champions strong friendships among girls and women. Nyalas are cautious animals, so any outing is likely to take place near dense thickets where they can take cover from predators. And these girlfriends stick together—they form herds of up to 30 females, but the males are generally solitary. It’s easy to distinguish between the genders: Male nyalas have dark grey coats and twisted, yellow-tipped horns, while females are a reddish-brown color.

The nyala, is a spiral-horned antelope native to Southern Africa. It is a species of the family Bovidae and genus Nyala, also considered to be in the genus Tragelaphus. It was first described in 1849 by George French Angas. The body length is 135–195 cm, and it weighs 55–140 kg. The coat is rusty or rufous brown in females and juveniles, but grows a dark brown or slate grey, often tinged with blue, in adult males. Females and young males have ten or more white stripes on their sides. Only males have horns, 60–83 cm long and yellow-tipped. It exhibits the highest sexual dimorphism among the spiral-horned antelopes.
Scientific name: Tragelaphus angasii
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Tragelaphus

Tragelaphus angasii distribution
Geographic distribution of the Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)