Nyala angasi

The graceful antelopes with their pretty patterns mostly live near rivers by Southeast African dry forests. The males have a characteristic mane and horns of up to 85 cm in length.

At a glance

Males and females are easy to distinguish: the males have horns and a mane, the females don’t. Also, the males generally have slate grey-coloured fur while the females are mostly reddish brown.

It’s only pretending...

Newborn males look like females at first to protect them from the jealous eyes of their dominant elders so they can grow up in the herd in peace.


  • Origin

    South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawiand South Africa as well as in national parks

  • Habitat

    prefers bush and forested areas near water

  • Diet

    Leaves, shoots and fruits, grass, and herbs

  • Bestand

    least concern

  • Size

    approx. 110 cm (shoulder height)

  • Weight

    100 to 140kg

  • Gestation period

    7 months

  • Achievable age

    up to 12 years in the wild, up to 16 years in human care

Threat Categories of IUCN

Did you know that ...

... Nyala males can weigh up to 120 kg, and females can weigh up to 60 kg,
... it is no rare occurance for them to give birth to twins,
... and due to their impressive horns, up to 85 cm in length, they have sadly become a coveted hunting trophy?

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