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Roan Antelope in Uganda

Roan Antelope are very courageous animals. If threatened by predators, including lions, they will confront them and many of these big cats have perished, gourd by the scimitar shaped hours of Roans.

Taxonomy


Common name: Roan Antelope
Scientific name: Hippotragus equinus
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: mammalia
Order: Arodactyla
Family: Boridae
Genus: Hippotragus
Species: Equinus


Where to find the Roan Antelope


They are found in South Africa, Central Africa and east Africa. Found in areas of lightly wooded savanna and tall grass.

In Uganda it is found in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

What the Roan Antelope Eats


Roam Antelope feeds on grass leaves, foliage and buds. They are mainly grazers.

How to identify a Roan Antelope


They attain a mass of up to 270Kg. they have scimitar-shaped horns. They have short tails.

Behavior


Roan antelopes associate in herds of up to 20 individuals with a very characteristics social structure amongst the females, the more dominant is the leader. There is only one adult bull in each herd. The juvenile males being evicted at the age of 3 years, all the female calves remain within the herd that when too big, divides in to smaller groups of cows and their young. These groups will form new herds once again with only one adult bull. One single calf is born after a gestation period of about 9 months. Before giving birth, the roan cow will leave the herd and choose a secluded spot where she will stay until the calf is born.

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