The name "eland" is derived from the Dutch word for moose. When Dutch settlers came to the Cape Province they named the largest wild ruminantherbivore they met with the name of the huge northern herbivore. In Dutch the animal is called "Elandantelope" to distinguish it from the Moose, which is found in the northern boreal forests. Its scientific name 'Taurotragus oryx' is made of three Greek words- tauros (a bull), tragos (a he-goat)and orux (a gazelle or antelope).
The elands are spiral-horned antelopes belonging to the Bovid tribe of Tragelaphini. Females weigh , measure from the snout to the base of the tail and stand at the shoulder. Coats are generally smooth at most of the body with a rough... Read More