These beautiful kudus on the African Wildlife Cams have a big gender disparity. Val from Mpala explains more about these majestic antelope:
Val from Mpala here. We see a lot of Kudu at the Hippo Pool and the glade behind it—which we call tranquility glade. For me they are one of the most stunning of the ungulates. I love to watch them browse in family groups:
- The males have spectacular horns that make two complete spirals with a ridge circling each horn.
- You can tell the age from the direction of the tips of the horn—if they point back and out the male is about three years old.
- Females live much longer then males. Once a male reaches 6 years there is only a 50 percent chance he will live another year. Females live until about twelve.
- Kudu have an intense bark to warn of danger which you can hear at http://mpalalive.org/field_
- Mom hides her baby for the first 10-12 weeks of its life—returning each day to nurse
Here are two great photos by researcher Stefan Ekernas and Exec. Dir. M. Kinnaird:
See what kudus and other animals you may find on the African Wildlife Cams.