Nyala seul dans une plaine parc zoologique Le PAL
Nyala dans une plaine du parc animalier Le PAL

Nyala

Scientific name :
Tragelaphus angasi
Class :
Mammals
Order :
Artiodactyla
Family :
Bovidae

Male nyalas are tall animals with large ears, long horns and a ruffled coat. Juveniles and females are reddish-brown in colour and have no horns. They have well-developed senses and their large ears suggest that sound plays a particularly important role. Females produce a single calf, usually in August or September. They are ready to mate within a week of giving birth.

 

Geographic distribution of the nyala

Nyalas are found in south-east Africa: Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

 

Habits of the nyala

Nyalas live in groups of 8 to 16 individuals comprising females and their offspring as well as one or more males. Males are sometimes solitary. The nyala’s inability to flee from predators at high speed appears to have limited it to occupying covered biotopes, only emerging at dawn and dusk.

Did you know?

Nyalas can stand on their hind legs in order to reach the leaves and bark of trees.
Dense forest and savannah in south-east Africa.
Height to withers: male: 115 cm
female: 1m
Weight: male: 110 kg
female: 65 kg
Leaves, shoots and bark
Longevity: around 10 years
Gestation: 8 1/2 months.
Young: 1

Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered