The kudu is a majestic antelope, the males boasting long, spiraling horns which were highly revered in Africa as musical instruments and ritual objects. Interestingly, the horns are not often used for defensive purposes against predators. Their main predators are lions and leopards. Humans are also a threat as the kudus’ horns are a top trophy for hunters; and the meat and hides are popular too.
The kudus have beautiful, pale coats with white stripes on them that look almost as if they have been glazed with icing sugar. Their colour has given rise to the nickname “grey ghost”. They are further distinguished by a mark of white hair between their eyes, as well as a ridge of long hair along the spine. All these interesting markings assist in camouflaging the kudu. If they sense danger they will typically stand still, becoming difficult to spot.
Herbivorous, the kudus are browsers and their diet includes leaves, herbs, fruit, flowers and succulents; preferring to feed in the early mornings and late afternoons. The bulls may form herds known as bachelor herds, but they are also prone to remain solitary. They are graceful animals and despite their size they can jump high and run fast.
Kudu can be found at Inverdoorn, nibbling on the succulents of the Karoo.