Wonderful Wildlife: The Greater Kudu
Surveying savannahs dotted with shrubbery and areas of thickets can mean finding predators like lions and wild dogs. These habitats are also home to zebras and impala. Additionally, they are a favourite for the greater kudu. Quite often, you might see the spectacular horns of a male kudu peep above the thickets leading you on to spot a pair of large alert and very friendly looking ears. These characteristics teamed with a subtle grey and beige coarse coat marked with thin white lines across the back and a white smudge from eye to eye make up the distinct features of a kudu. Delightfully pretty.
A greater kudu is generally very timid. Interestingly, it is not uncommon for the male kudu to be far more shy than females. These large antelopes are found in small herds of either female’s with their young, bachelor herds or small mixed herds. They graze on shrubs, vines, seedpods and new grass and often browse carefully and slowly through morpane forests.
The greater kudu can reach heights of 2.5 metres when leaping over obstacles. However, when faced with dangerous predators, it is not uncommon for them to accept defeat relatively quickly. Furthermore, a greater kudu does not generally use their horns to defend themselves, the metre long spirals serve no protection.