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Greater kudu

Tragelaphus strepsiceros (Pallas, 1766)

Greater kudu diorama in the African Mammal Hall


 Laikipia Plateau, Kenya


 Maurice A. Machris and Mrs. Marjorie G. Avil

Background artist:

 Frank J. McKenzie

Also present:

 Northern Black Flycatcher (Melaenornis edolioides),
Pennant-winged Nightjar (Macrodipteryx vexillarius),
Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus),
Scarlet-chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra senegalensis),
White-helmet shrike (Prionops plumatus)

Greater kudus may be up to 5 feet tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 650 lbs. Males are much larger than females and only males have horns.

Greater kudus first appeared in the fossil.record about 1.8 million years ago. Of the living African antelopes, only the impala has a longer fossil record.

Biological Information

Range map for the greater kudu


Eastern and southern Africa


Thickets and dense woodland, often in mountainous or hilly country, seldom far from water.


Endangered in Somalia and Uganda, vulnerable in Chad and Kenya.


Wide range of foliage: herbs, vines, flowers, fruits, succulents and grass

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for greater kudu.