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Taurotragus derbianus

Taurotragus derbianus
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-03-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2020-01-07 12:47
Viewed: 433
Points: 12
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Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Taurotragus
Species:T. derbianus

The giant eland (Taurotragus derbianus), also known as the Lord Derby eland, is an open-forest and savanna antelope. A species of the family Bovidae and genus Taurotragus, it was described in 1847 by John Edward Gray. The giant eland is the largest species of antelope, with a body length ranging from 220–290 cm (86.5–114 in). There are two subspecies: T. d. derbianus and T. d. gigas.
The giant eland is an herbivore, eating grasses, foliage and branches. They usually form small herds consisting of 15–25 members, both males and females. Giant elands are not territorial, and have large home ranges. They are naturally alert and wary, which makes them difficult to approach and observe. They can run at up to 70 km/h (43 mph) and use this speed as a defence against predators. Mating occurs throughout the year but peaks in the wet season. They mostly inhabit broad-leafed savannas, woodlands and glades.
The giant eland is native to Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and South Sudan. It is no longer present in The Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, and Togo. It can also be found in the Jos wildlife park in Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, and Uganda due to over hunting and a lack of professional wildlife management. The subspecies have been listed with different conservation statuses by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2020-01-08 8:54]

beautiful, nice catch the perfect moment as I think he/ she was using the horn to scrap the body. Well composed and exposed, TFS.

Ciao Luciano, delizioso, si è anche messo in gran posa, ottimi dettagli, bei colori naturali, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hi Luciano,
I enjoy your Senegal photoset very much, full of exotic animals on good images. This one had an interesting pose, probably trying to scrape their neck. I also like the background, simple yet real savanna. Nice photo, thanks for sharing!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2020-01-11 20:02]

Hi Luciano
Interesting antelope. It is a pity that has disappeared in some countries.


Hello Luciano,
It's not an easy task to find Eland in Kruger, mainly Northern portion. I saw them twice from far, but not a good picture yet. Well captured with details and exposure.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

Bonsoir Luciano,

Les arbres cadrent bien l'animal. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de l'éland de Derby. La lumière met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne journée.


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