Tragelaphus oryx

At the Detroit Zoo
Common elands are the largest African species of antelope. Clover was born in 2007 and arrived at the Detroit Zoo in 2012. She was joined by Hops and her daughter, Mwenzi, in 2021. You can easily tell them apart by looking at their horns. Clover has two straight horns, Hops has one short and one long, and Mwenzi’s horns have slight curves. They can be found basking in the sun or grazing on grass in their African watering hole habitat across from the zebras.

Male elands are much larger than females. Elands are a fawn color with white, vertical stripes on their bodies. They turn bluish-gray with age and some even turn completely black. Their horns turn in corkscrew patterns. Hanging from their throats and necks are dewlaps, which are believed to help keep them cool in the heat. Males have small patches of black hair on their dewlaps and on their foreheads. Elands have short, erect manes and small tufts of hair on the tip of their tails that are usually black.

Fun Facts

  • The eland is both the largest and slowest antelope in the world.

  • The eland is able to jump 8 feet from a standstill.

  • The eland will use its long horns to bring food on branches and twigs within reach.