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Common Eland (Taurotragus oryx)

Posted on Jun 21, 2008 by in Ungulates | 0 comments

Taurotragus oryx

Number 0178

Elands (of which there are two species, this one and the giant eland, which isn’t actually any more giant than this one, although this one is a bit more common than the giant one) are huge antelopes that live in Africa. Because they have very nutritious milk and decent meat and useful hides, people have tried, with varying success, to domesticate them as ranch animals. Overhunting is a threat to the eland, but it’s not in dire straits just yet.

Consecutive days of mammals: 1
Previous record: 16

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