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Roan Antelope

The Roan Antelope (Hippotragus equinus), is a species of antelope that is found throughout Africa, except the northern regions. Its habitat is woodland and grassland savanna mainly in the tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome.

Roan Antelope stand about 60 inches at the shoulder and weigh around 550 pounds. They are reddish-brown in color. They have a lighter underbelly, white eyebrows and cheeks and a black face, lighter in females. There is a short erect mane, a very light beard and prominent red nostrils. The horns are ringed and can reach 40 inches long in males, slightly shorter in females. They arch backwards slightly.

They form harem groups of five to fifteen animals with a dominant male. Roan Antelope commonly fight among themselves for dominance of their herd, brandishing their horns while both animals are on their knees.

Photo Credit: Paul Maritz

Roan Antelope


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