The Eland, an ox-like antelope, holds the title of the world’s largest antelope and is part of the spiral-horned subfamily, alongside the lesser and greater Kudu and bushbuck. Elands are classified into two groups: the giant Eland, scientifically known as Taurotragus derbianus, found in western and central Africa, and the common Eland, also known as Taurotragus oryx, prevalent in southern and eastern African countries like Botswana and Kenya. Eland bulls weigh approximately 900 kilograms and stand at a shoulder height of around 1.7 meters. They primarily inhabit montane grasslands and semi-desert regions, with females being smaller than males. Despite being shy creatures, they are easily startled by disturbances. Here are intriguing facts about Elands:
In Uganda, elands can be spotted primarily in two national parks, during a game drive:
Remember, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, but these national parks offer habitats conducive to elands, increasing the chances of encountering these impressive antelopes during visits and safaris.