Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii)
The handsome slate-brown shaggy coat is marked with white vertical stripes and spots on the flanks. Bulls appear more charcoal-grey in colour and have long inward curved horns (25") and a white chevroned face. They have a ridge of long hairs along the underparts, from behind the chin to between the hind legs, they also have a mane of thick, black hair from the head along the spine to the rump. Bulls weigh 260+ lbs. Ewes are much smaller and do not have horns, and weigh 130 lbs. and have chestnut-coated with even more prominent white stripes on the flanks.
Nyala prefer dense bush with deep shade. They are not as stealthy as kudu and walk a great deal more during browsing. An interesting fact is that the juvenile males look like females. It is thought that this camouflages the young males and protects them from the jealous eyes of the dominant bulls. The young males are therefore allowed to grow up peacefully under the protection of the herd.
The difference in size between bulls and ewes often comes as a shock to visitors.
While the nyala is a popular trophy for visiting hunters there is not much hunting of it by local meat hunters due to its striking appearance.