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The largest antelope in the world, the Common eland, makes a home among the crocodiles here at Crocodile Encounter.

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We love eland! Majestic, beautiful, and graceful giants of the African savannah. It takes a special mammal to elbow their way into our reptile facility but our eland are tremendous additions to our landscape. The eland of Crocodile Encounter lead a pampered life. These aren't exactly range eland as they are kept more like show cattle or a prized horse. That is they come to the feeders everyday for pellets and sweet feed while we do routine inspections of the animals. They spend most of their day feeding from their elevated hay feeders or grazing the pasture. Our eland are fun to observe, fun to feed, and beautiful to photograph.

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Eland fun facts

1. The common eland of East and Southern Africa (Taurotragus oryx) (Swahili:Mbunga), also known as the southern eland or eland antelope, is a savannah and plains antelope. It is the largest antelope in the African continent.

2. The common eland’s scientific name “Taurotragus oryx” is made of three Greek words — tauros (a bull), tragos (a he-goat) and orux (a gazelle or antelope).

3. Common eland are sometimes farmed and/or hunted for their meat and in some cases can be better exploited than cattle due to their being more apt to their natural habitat. This has led to some Southern African farmers changing from cattle to eland.

4. Common eland are the worlds’ largest and slowest antelope; remarkably the eland can jump over a height of 2,5 metres or above from a standstill position.

5. Common eland, when they walk,  produce a sharp clicking sound in their tendon or joints in foreleg. This sound carries some distance and is a good indication of an approaching herd and is used by males to signal dominance as larger bulls produce greater 'click' sounds.

6. The size and power of the eland bull generally discourages predators, but females are thought to be more vulnerable to attack than males. Hence the female has a sharper horn than the males more gentle spiral.

7. Common eland are used in their native land by people who value their rich milk, tasty meat and useful skin.

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The eland herd likes to warm up on sunny days.

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Crocodile Encounter offers a select few bottle raised baby eland annually. These animals go fast as we have a waiting list due to the quality of the animals we produce. Our bottle raised eland are excellent animals for someone looking to keep a few exotics on their ranch. There is no comparison to animals that can be acquired from game ranches. If you have the space and desire to own one of these fantastic animals please email us to be placed on our list.

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