The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Roan Antelope

Afrikaans name: Bastergemsbok

Roan Antelope

Roan Antelope in the Mokala National Park

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Hippotragus equinus

Interesting facts about Roan Antelope

Roan Antelope are related to Sable Antelope. The males measure around 140 cm at the shoulder and weigh about 270 kg. Females are smaller.

They like areas where it is lightly wooded with good access to water. They are normally seen in small herds that consist of bachelor males, or a dominant male with females and juveniles.

Roan prefer eating the tops of the grass stems and so like areas with grass that is neither too high nor too short.

Unfortunately Roan Antelope are quite rare. In Kruger National Park there is only around 70 of them. There are higher numbers of them at some of the other parks including Mokala National Park.

Roan Antelope

Above - Roan Antelope

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Roan Antelope

Above - Roan Antelope

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 165

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 226

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 129

Wild Issue 19 - Author: - Published: 2012 - Page: 29

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 34

Southern Africas Threatened Wildlife - Author: John Ledger - Published: 1990 - Page: 20

South African Animals in the Wild - Author: Anthony Bannister - Published: 1985 - Page: 22

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 51

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 184

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 201

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 416

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 120

Questions and Answers - Endangered Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 10

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 127

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 185

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Published: 1987 - Page: 128

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Published: 1987 - Page: 143

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 192

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1997 - Page: 130

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 23

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 192

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Published: 1987 - Page: 280

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 77


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