Giant Eland

Taurotragus derbianus

The Giant Eland lives in two isolated pockets in central and western Africa. They are primarily nocturnal, usually avoiding observation. Their horns are important for feeding, collecting and breaking loose twigs. They are good runners, reaching up to 70 km/h and are able to jump two meters high.

The picture of this giant eland and the next (same individual) was taken at the Cincinnati zoo, in July 2002.

Genus Taurotragus
Subfamily Bovinae
Family Bovidae
Order Artiodactyla
Subclass Eutheria
Class Mammalia
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
Life on Earth