The Nyala is a species of antelope that lives on the savannah of southern Africa. Males and females look very different. Males have black shaggy fur and long twisted horns; females (pictured) are half the size and have shorter brown fur, a bushy tail and no horns. Both have white stripes and a white V between their eyes. They rely on dense woodland for cover from predators, where they graze on seeds and fruits.

Crib Notes:

  • Nyalas have been reintroduced into Swaziland, where they had been extinct since the 1950s.
  • The name ‘nyala’ is the Swahili name for this antelope, which itself comes from the Zulu inyala.
  • Nyalas were first documented in 1849 by the English naturalist George French Angas and are named in his honour.