Roan Antelope

Wed May 23, 2012 8:35 pm

The roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus) is a savanna antelope found in West, Central, East Africa and Southern Africa.

Roan antelope stand about a meter and half at the shoulder and weigh around 250 kilograms. Named for the "roan' colour (a reddish brown), they have a lighter underbelly, white eyebrows and cheeks and a black face, lighter in females. There is a short erect mane, a very light beard and prominent red nostrils. The horns are ringed and can reach a meter long in males, slightly shorter in females. They arch backwards slightly.

They are similar in appearance to sable antelope and can be confused where their ranges overlap. Sable Antelope males are darker, being black rather than dark brown.

Roan antelope are found in woodland and grassland savanna mainly in the Tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrub-lands biome, which range in tree density from forest with a grassy understorey (such as Central Zambezian Miombo woodlands) to grasslands dotted with few trees, where they eat mid-length grass. They form harem groups of five to fifteen animals with a dominant male. Roan antelope commonly fight among themselves for dominance of their herd, brandishing their horns while both animals are on their knees.

To start off is here a pic of the one and only Roan I have ever seen

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Wed May 23, 2012 8:36 pm

Herd of Roan at Babalala (26th August 2010)

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Wed May 23, 2012 8:36 pm

A lone Roan bull in Mokala (23rd August 2011)

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Wed May 23, 2012 8:37 pm

All between the Punda Maria tar road intersection and Babalala around 2008!

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Re: Roan Antelope

Wed May 23, 2012 8:38 pm

Only about 15 km north of Shingwedzi, a nice herd and not the Babalala one!

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June 2011

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Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:21 pm

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Re: Roan Antelope

Mon Jun 11, 2012 3:53 pm

Great shot PRWIN! \O

Re: Roan Antelope

Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:56 pm

Excellent, PRWIN!

Where was that? :shock:

Re: Roan Antelope

Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:05 pm

RP this was taken in 2007 and I,m not sure where ,looking at the photo,s in the series it could be around Punda Maria on the s59 or H1-8 towards Pafuri picknic spot -O-

Re: Roan Antelope

Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:38 pm

Sjoe! If it was long-distance it could have been any of the windmills except Nkovakhulu!

If Close, it looks like Mazanje! \O

Didn't you go down to Magamba? :-?

That would be my guess, and nice yellow-billed oxpeckers! \O