Hippotragus equinus cottoni
Status: Least Concern
Description: It is a large antelope with a horse-like build. The short, smooth coat is brown to amber. The ventral parts are yellow to white, while the neck and the manes are gray to black. Long legs are supported by large hooves, a short, erect mane of grayish brown hair extending from the back of the neck along the midline of the back up to the withers, white patches around the eyes and the mouth on the otherwise black face, and long, narrow ears. The horns are ringed and arched backwards, which can reach 100 cm
The Roan antelope is one of the largest antelope in the world and Africas 5th largest antelope. It is named after its roan colour (a reddish brown). It has 6 subspicies with one type being native to Zambia, the Southern Roan or Hippotragus equinus cottoni.
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Ecology and Behaviour
Males commonly fight among themselves for dominance of their herd, brandishing their horns while both animals are on their knees. They live in small herds and form harem groups of 5 to 15 animals with one dominant male. They move in herds but bulls may be solitary, staying near dambos, light woodland and open plains. They eat mid-length grasses.
It is listed as "Least Concern" on the IUCN Red list.
Distribution and Habitat
Roan antelope are common sight in the luangwa national parks but scarce in the other Parks. The southern African roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus cottoni) occurs in Angola, Botswana, the southern Democratic Republic of the Congo, central and northern Malawi, and Zambia.
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