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 Post subject: Antelope: Eland
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2005 6:51 am 
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Going throught my pocket size animal book last night ... I noticed the Eland ... another Antelope I would love to see ... Standing at an average of 1,70 meters at shoulder height, I was wondering if any of you have seen on of these majestic antelopes in the Park?

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Yup, but that was 20 years ago. It was in Kruger and I seem to think it was more north


I also recall to have seen a small herd in the Letaba vicinity in 2001. Not a 100% sure, but will ask my friend that accompanied me on that trip whether he can recall anything.

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I'm crazy about eland... however only saw 1 in KNP! Was about 5+ years back near Rabelais dam.
Would love to see a herd!

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2001: One eland 2km after right on the S41 from the S100
2002: One eland on the S41 just after crossing the N'wanetsi river
2004 One eland at N'wanetsi waterhole (S131 west of Letaba).
Was still watching this eland when a lioness came walking past the car at speed, most probably trying to join the pride for the evening hunt?

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 Post subject: Re: Eland
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Going throught my pocket size animal book last night ... I noticed the Eland ... another Antelope I would love to see ... Standing at an average of 1,70 meters at shoulder height, I was wondering if any of you have seen on of these majestic antelopes in the Park?


Addo is a good place to see them.


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Never seen them in Kruger, but a few splendid sightings in Mapungubwe.


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Lots of eland in Mountain Zebra:

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Have only seen Eland in the Kruger in the north of the park. Saw a few in the Karoo. Hopefully will see more in Mountain Zebra.

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I have NEVER seen Eland in KNP and I've been to the park more times than I can count :? Seen plenty in the Cape Parks; Postberg(West Coast National Park) has the FATTEST, I swear he looks cuddly, Eland I've ever seen! I have a pic of him eating in the wildflowers.


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In June a group of 6 were seen just north of Mopani. I have also seen them fairly regularly around Babalala though not in June!

Never seen them further south though the books say they are there in small numbers.

Despite being a huge antelope (the largest) they are very 'shy' and rapidly dissappear when spotted.

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One of the cutest things about Eland are their "clicky" knees. The joints in their knees make a clicking sound when they walk so, at night particularly, it is often that you hear them before you see them.


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Cath wrote:
Are they not found in Kruger because they naturally don't occur in that type of habitat generally; are they there in larger numbers than is apparent but are rarely seen; or are there not that many of them due to some other reason?


They are found in Kruger ;-) about 3000 (Census-2003)

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Seen them near Phalaborwa gate in 2004 :D

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I must admit I have been going to the park since 1978 aged 7 and have never ever seen an eland, actually I have never seen any in the wild.(Yes I know its sad)

Census 2003 said 3000 in the park,wow thats pretty cool , I know its hard to say were they are , but can I assume that they are more north than central Knp , i.e north of phalaborwa :?: 8)


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All Eland to the South of the Olifants were eliminated by hunters before the inception of the Park. This is why you will only see them in the north.

The exception here is the re-introduced poppulation in the Pretoriuskop area, as well as a few individuals in the Satara area. These are escaped populations from bordering game farms.

Though Eland are generally known for migrations traveling huge distances, they do not exhibit this behaviour in the KNP. Here they follow a stable annual migration prompted by environmental considerations. Thus they do not naturally disperse over the whole park.
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