The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

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

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

What Antelope is That? - Author: Paul Rose - Published: 1967 - Page: 8

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 177

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 124

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 24

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 330

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 59

South African Animals in the Wild - Author: Anthony Bannister - Published: 1985 - Page: 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maberlys Mammals of Southern Africa - Revised edition - Author: Richard Goss - Published: 1986 - Page: 311

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

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

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 44

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 416

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 188

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

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

A Field Guide to the Mammals of Africa including Madagascar - Author: Theodor Haltenorth and Helmut Diller - Published: 1980 - Page: 58

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 84


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