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Nyala

Afrikaans name: Njala

A male Nyala

Male Nyala

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Nyala angasii

Interesting facts about Nyala

Both male and female Nyala are amongst the most beautiful of antelope. The male is handsome in his shaggy chocolate brown coat while the female is a rich brown colour with white stripes and spots. Only males have horns.

Nyala can be quite shy. They prefer areas of thick bush.

Their diet consists of leaves, fruit and other foliage.

Nyalas are often seen in small herds. Males tend to be alone or in small groups.

Two young Nyalas playing

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Above - Two young Nyalas get playful in the camp at iMfolozi Game Reserve

Below - a male Nyala at Tala Game Reserve A male Nyala at Tala Game Reserve

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Comparison between the Nyala and Kudu

Male Nyala

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Above - Nyala - male

Below - Kudu - male

Male Kudu

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Female Nyala

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Above - Nyala - female

Below - Kudu - female

Female Kudu

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References and further reading

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 264

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 14

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 188

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 120

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 188

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 135

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 123

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 193

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 139

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 138

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Year Published: 1990 - Page: 22

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 416

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 211

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1996 - Page: 194

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 224

List of South African Mammals

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