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Common Eland in de Hoop Nature Reserve One of the really cool things about de Hoop NR, is that although they have several highly venomous snakes, they lack large predators so you are allowed to just walk around wherever you like. This is very uncommon in African national parks, but does lead to sudden encounters with large amazing creatures like this eland. I was on foot and as I came around a large bush - there it was. It checked me our for a few moments and then mover off - awesome. Common eland,De Hoop NP,Geotagged,South Africa,Spring,Taurotragus oryx Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Common Eland in de Hoop Nature Reserve

One of the really cool things about de Hoop NR, is that although they have several highly venomous snakes, they lack large predators so you are allowed to just walk around wherever you like. This is very uncommon in African national parks, but does lead to sudden encounters with large amazing creatures like this eland. I was on foot and as I came around a large bush - there it was. It checked me our for a few moments and then mover off - awesome.

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  1. Awesome! They are huge, I was shocked when I first saw them in Tanzania. Posted 5 years ago
    1. True, I might have been frightened if he hadn't looked so benign. Posted 5 years ago

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The common eland, also known as the southern eland or eland antelope, is a savannah and plains antelope found in East and Southern Africa.An adult male is around 1.6 metres tall and can weigh up to 942 kg with an average of 500–600 kg, 340–445 kg for females. It is the second largest antelope in the world, being slightly smaller on average than the giant eland.

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
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Uploaded Dec 21, 2017. Captured Nov 29, 2017 06:14 in Unnamed Road, Overberg DC, South Africa.
  • Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
  • f/5.8
  • 1/159s
  • ISO100
  • 103.531mm