Animals

Greater Kudu

Tragelaphus Strepsiceros

The color and markings of the greater kudu help it to hide from predators! Greater kudus prefer thick, brushy areas where their colors and markings help them to be well camouflaged from predators as they feed on the leaves and shoots of low growing woody trees and shrubs. Kudus grow beautiful, long, and spiraled horns that can reach up to 72 inches in length. These horns can sometimes mean the death of the kudu when males fight each other for females and the horn interlock, leading to the death of both animals. The large ears of a kudu help it to better hear predators, like lions and wild dogs, so that they can move away from approaching danger. Male kudus can weigh up to 700 pounds while females are noticeably smaller, weighing between 265-463 pounds.

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Classification

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla

Family: Bovidae

Genus: Tragelaphus

Species: T. Strepsiceros

Habitat

Greater kudu are found in woodlands and bushlands and are native to Africa.

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