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Common Nyala - Species Detail
Nyala (Sp), Südlichernyala, Tieflandnyala (G), Nyala du sud (F), Njala (Af). Also called southern nyala or, simply, nyala in southern Africa.
DESCRIPTION (male) Shoulder height 39-45 inches (100-115 cm). Weight 220-280 pounds (100-127 kg). Females are much smaller.
The male is a slender, medium-sized antelope of striking appearance, with a narrow but deep body and a shaggy dark-brown coat with white markings. Younger males have as many as 14 vertical white stripes, but these are reduced in older animals. The lower legs are orange. There is an erectile dorsal crest and a long mane on throat and underparts. The horns (males only) are dark with ivory tips, keeled in front and back, and grow upward in an open spiral of 1 to two turns. The female is bright orange with white stripes, and does not have horns.
DISTRIBUTION Private ranches in Texas.
REMARKS Native to southeastern Africa, from Malawi to Zululand.
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