How do I tell the difference between a Nyala , Waterbuck, and a Kudu?
The Kudu and Nyala are antelope both found in South Africa. They have similarities, especially in the females, but once you know the differentiating features, you can quickly tell them apart. Here are some images to help you learn each species.
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A nyala ram is shorter and darker than the kudu. Both animals have a shag and hump, but the nyala’s hump is smaller and the stripes more pronounced against the darker, longer, coat. They browse grass and shrubs.
The male kudu has a pronounced hump and a smaller amount of back fringe.
The female nyala is much lighter in color than the male
A female kudu is very similar in shape to the male, but without the horns and beard and is a slightly more yellow and lighter coat.
The waterbuck is distinctive and is not normally found far from a water source.
Both male and female have the same basic body shape. The female is a bit lighter coloration.
The male’s horns are straight with the tips pointing up. They have ridges ringing them. Both male and female have the white, round “toilet seat” marking on their rear and white markings on the brow ridge of their eyes.
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