LOOKING AT KUDU

The majestic horns of the kudu bulls is what makes them attractive to both photographers and trophy hunters. Kudu generally prefer bushy areas and, being predominantly browsers, they tend to feed on leaves and seedpods, as well as the fresh shoots of grass. Note the vertical stripes on the torso of this kudu cow.

Here a kudu bull is reaching into a bush for leaves.

Adult bulls tend to be solitary or can be seen in bachelor groups, such as this one.

As you can see from the photograph below, the head of the kudu is noticeably darker than the rest of its body. The bulls have beards running along their throats. I am sure you will agree that their horns are truly magnificent.

Here two bulls are sizing up each other, probably in a fight over females during the mating season.

I think the cows can be equally interesting to look at. One cannot help noticing the large ears of this cow and her calf. The calf is still fuzzy and is following its mother as they move towards the shelter of the nearby bushes.

Kudu cows and their calves can be seen in groups. Here the dominant bull is on the right and you can see a young bull with very short horns by comparison on the left.

Kudu have a distinctive white chevron that runs between the eyes as well as narrow stripes that run down the flanks.

Despite their size, kudu are able to jump very high – seemingly without effort. I was driving along a dirt road late the other afternoon when a kudu crossed the road ahead of me and calmly jumped over a fence that must have been close to three meters high! Given all of the above, it is not surprising to find that the kudu is the emblem of the South African National Parks.

27 thoughts on “LOOKING AT KUDU

    • What a pleasure to do so: I wish I could teleport you here to see them in the wild. As impressive as the horns of your wild goats are, the kudu will give them a run for their money 🙂

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  1. Those horns are magnificent. I often wonder how they choose gender names… kudu look like goats and deer to me, so I’d think they would be called bucks and does, and not bulls and cows. Confusing!

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  2. Dis ‘n pragtige dier, eintlik so deel van mens se Suid-Afrikaanse ervaring. Ek dink altyd aan daardie instink van die manne om eenkant te wil staan en gesels as die “koedoebul-sindroom”!

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  3. A regular point of debate among my circle of male friends whether the kudu or the sable is the most princely antelope. Although I don’t fully agree, the kudu usually wins.

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    • Sadly, that makes them a target for trophy hunters in the areas where hunting is allowed. There is no denying though that the bulls sport horns that simply HAVE to be admired!

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    • Hunting is big business here: some game farms are specifically geared for hunters from overseas. In the Eastern Cape, where I live, kudu and other game are hunted for their meat. Hunters have to play fair though and I read in the Provincial Gazette, for example that kudu may not be hunted when in lands such as those growing maize, wheat, oats or lucerne; and it is prohibited to set up feeding sites to attract kudu to a hunting spot. The hunting season is from June to August: only kudu bulls may be hunted in June.

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  4. They really are beautiful antelope and generally speaking, they seem to convey such a calm serenity. On the other hand though, jousting and fighting between competing males at that time of the season is quite fearsome.

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  5. I read this in bed this morning and what a wonderful start to my day in these times of COVID and limited travelling. I awoke to a virtual, thrilling outing to a Game park and got to see these magnificent Kudu and learnt quite a lot along the way. Thank you, Anne.

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