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Antelope: Kudu

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:06 pm

Here is that beaut East Cape Kudu Bull I promised in the post above. Look at his thick neck flared nostrils, radar ears and deep deep chest and the muscled up shoulder caused by negotiating the hilly country of Addo and the East Cape in General. He also has shorter horns than a similar sized Limpopo Valley Kudu but his beard and general coloration is much superior to a lowveld bull

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Unread postby JoelR » Mon Jun 02, 2008 3:35 pm

The story of the white kudu is not one from the 80s only, guys! Dianne, Leonie2, our guides Philip and Masocha and I saw a completely white young male on a morning walk along the Sweni river on Sunday 1 June!

It was such a beautiful and magical sighting that had our hearts pumping. Our guides had never even heard of white kudu and I only found this forum thread now.. The white kudu male was almost the same size as the two adult (normally coloured) females that it associated with. They didn't seem to regard him as anything special.

Our sighting was perhaps 35-40km from the Tshokwane area where Pieter Steyn, Bucky and mafortini saw the white kudu in the 80s and it seems that both males at least have to be related. Are we going to see The White Kudus of Sweni after the White Lions of Timbavati?

Although we did not get a single decent picture we had great sightings of the white kudu running, peeking at us from behind a bush and galloping again. Truly a once-in-a lifetime privililedge to see such a special animal on foot! 8)

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Unread postby gfordyce » Wed Jun 04, 2008 8:36 pm

I wonder if this Kudu is related?

This is the most unusual sighting we came across on Monday 7th April on the Rail road route S114. A partially leucistic female Kudu. Has anyone else seen her?

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Unread postby Henk » Thu Jul 10, 2008 9:41 pm

Addo Kudu.

Look at the strange horn

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Kudu's Horns

Unread postby joekin » Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:23 pm

As i understand, from reading the forum, each twirl in a Kudu's horns represent 2.5 years.

Whats the most amount of turns you have ever seen in their horns.

I remember as a laatie being bout 10, my late father told me he was told by ranger, that he had seen a Kudu with 7 turns in his horns. Heck that must have been a huge bull and those horns must have been just as huge,

Anybody got bigs of horns close to that size>>

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:53 pm

Joekin...2 anda half turns max..with some old ones curling out on the start of a 3rd curl..World Record = 72 inches along the curl picked up in the veld in mocambique...A kudu can always see the tip of his horns by looking right through the curl
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Re: Antelope: Kudu

Unread postby Richprins » Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:34 pm

An interesting article on kudu etc from CUSTOS, 1990:

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Unread postby Richprins » Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:59 pm

Pleasure, oddesy! :wink:

These the longest horns I've ever seen!

Just east of Shingwedzi camp this year.

Sorry for poor pics.

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Unread postby Richprins » Sat Nov 22, 2008 7:35 pm

This albinistic - not albino...from Tshokwane in 1986!

Tshokwane had a rash of albinistic animals in that era, from lion to buffalo! :shock:

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Re: The white lions of Kruger

Unread postby mafortini » Tue May 05, 2009 4:53 pm

I saw this albino kudu between Tshokwane and Satara back in 1984.

Imagine a white lion taking down a white kudu - the ultimate 'kill'!

Imagine getting that photo!!

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Re: The white lions of Kruger

Unread postby big5spotter » Tue May 05, 2009 6:26 pm

:big_eyes: nice didn't think that kudu would have made it that far because he will be very noticeable for any predator
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Re: The white lions of Kruger

Unread postby Bobbi Jane » Wed May 06, 2009 10:21 am

(Albino Kudu in KNP)
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Re: Antelope: Kudu

Unread postby Bennievis » Wed May 06, 2009 7:56 pm

We saw this Kudu between Olifants and Letaba (Near von Wielliechs baobab) in December. He left his 'hat' on. A mud cake, complete with grass, stuck between his horns. He was trying his best to get it off by rubbing against the branches. I wonder what happened and if it eventually dried? What was he thinking??
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Unread postby Richprins » Fri May 08, 2009 6:05 pm

Excellent question, Bennie&Son!

A lot of male antelope bash their heads against bushes to mark their scent from various glands around the face!

I think this instinct goes into overdrive when they are at a water point, because it is used by so many animals! :?

Could also be a simple display. (The thrashing, not the "ornament"!) :D

Tsessebe are compulsive with this behaviour!

Just my opinion!

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Re: Antelope: Kudu

Unread postby big5spotter » Fri May 08, 2009 10:29 pm

Saw this stunning KUDU between Olifants and Letaba on the gravel road (S93) towards Letaba.
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