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Unread post by Pilane » Thu Aug 11, 2005 11:13 pm

I was pleasantly surprised to see a nyala bull and three cows.......


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Nyala males are bulls and the females are ewes. The nyala is the antelope where rams, bulls, cows and ewes are divided. Anything smaller are rams and ewes and bigger are bulls and cows

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Unread post by Elsa » Wed Sep 21, 2005 10:31 pm

I think the Nyala ewe is one of the prettiest of our antelope, I just love the markings and colour and of course the striking difference between the male and female.
In the KZN parks they are a really common sighting.
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Unread post by Stoffel » Wed Sep 28, 2005 4:56 pm

Also saw a Nyala bull at the Timbavati River view (not Bobbejaankrans) on the H7 between Orpen ans Satara during May this year. Quite aften saw them along the Sabie River near Nkuhlu. Also saw a bull in the river from Olifants view point (in front of restaurant) a few years ago. From the Shingwedzi River northwards they are quite common, but sightings further south is always exciting to me.

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Nyala behaviour

Unread post by francoisd » Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:07 am

On a recent trip to a game reserve we saw more Nyala than Impala. Spending some time in one of the game hides I got photos of behaviour of some of the Nyala bulls.

First off there was a number of the bulls who were rubbing their horns in the mud. All of them used nearly the same spot to do this. I read some were that the idea behind this was that the mud caked on the horns will make the horns look bigger and therefore the bull will also look more impressive to its rivals
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I also saw this bull, arching and raising the hair on its back as other Nyala bulls walked pass him. The others did not even look in his direction but just carried on walking. I assume this is a behavioural pattern to make it look more intimidating. Any comments on this statement?
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Unread post by christo » Tue Dec 06, 2005 9:37 am

Hi there

You are so right. This is fairly common territorial/dominance behaviour. according to Richard Despato Estes in The behaviour guide to African mammels the Arched back posture and ground horning are dominace displays and a head low, neck winding and nose-in-the-air displays shows submissiveness. (refer page 175-177).
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Unread post by MarkWildDog » Wed Oct 04, 2006 7:54 pm

LaeveldLeeu,

Nyala are seen quite often at Berg-En-Dal camp on the Rhino Trail which goes also by the dam, they are also seen quite often on the Napi Trail, but more common on Sabie River Road & Very common up near Pafuri & Punda Maria. :D

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:51 pm

Thats brilliant they seem to be spreading all over the Park whersas 50 years ago "Apparently" they were only found at Pafuri and the Lebombos near Olifants Gorge.... Theres a big argument in the Eastern Cape as some Game farmers have introduced them on their properties to the detriment of the Bushbuck population....I'm not a Scientist so does anyone know something about his observation.
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Unread post by Liam » Sun Oct 21, 2007 8:46 am

Nyala was the very first animals we saw coming in through the Paul Kruger Gate. They were just off the road and it was a great shock seeing them so far south and being the first animals we saw. It was about 3 km from the gate.

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Unread post by Liam » Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:32 pm

This is one of the Nyala I saw on the road to Skukuza from Paul Kruger Gate.

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Unread post by Elsa » Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:02 pm

This beautiful Nyala bull found on the H4-1 earlier this month. :D

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Unread post by Liam » Mon Oct 22, 2007 4:15 pm

Nice Sighting Elsa :)

Indeed BB Nyala are becoming more frequently sighted in the south now.

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Unread post by Peter Betts » Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:43 pm

Haupie wrote:
peter betts will surely recall the meet in addo where he told me of theh beauties he saw recently??? what about a really simple pic?


One simple pic coming up Haupie
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It is interesting to note that most of the Sabie River system Nyalas are the descendants of escapees from Sabi sands Wildtuin in the 1970's when a certain famous lodge reintroduced them along their stretch of the Sand River. They soon took off down this River and into Kruger and found their way to the Sabie River where they have bred up nicely so thanks Londos!! for the kind gift of many Nyala
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Unread post by Richprins » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:19 pm

Here's a nice couple of pics from Pafuri, late September.

I guess the lamb is about a day old, don't know if you can see the umbilical cord...

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