Animal Friend of the Week: Nyla

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Just enjoying the later afternoon sun.

In the wild

IUCN: Least concern

Nyala are medium-sized antelopes native to southern Africa. Females and young are distinctly red with white stripes, and males are a darker brown with spiral horns.

Hunting and habitat loss are major threats to wild Nyala, and over 80% of the total population is protected in national parks and sanctuaries.

The Nyala at Wellington Zoo are part of a regional breeding programme for these beautiful animals.

Wellington Zoo

The nyala is mainly active in the early morning and the late afternoon. It generally browses during the day if temperatures are 20–30 °C (68–86 °F) and during the night in the rainy season. As a herbivore, the nyala feeds upon foliage, fruits and grasses, with sufficient fresh water. A shy animal, it prefers water holes rather than open spaces. The nyala does not show signs of territoriality, and individuals areas can overlap each others. They are very cautious creatures. Old males live alone, but single sex or mixed family groups of up to 10 individuals can be found. These inhabit thickets within dense and dry savanna woodlands. The main predators of the nyala are lion, leopard and Cape hunting dog, while baboons and raptorial birds hunt for the juveniles. Mating peaks during spring and autumn. Males and females are sexually mature at 18 and 11–12 months of age respectively, though they are socially immature until five years old. After a gestational period of seven months, a single calf is born.

The nyala’s range includes Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. It has been introduced to Botswana andNamibia, and reintroduced to Swaziland, where it had been extinct since the 1950s. Its population is stable and it has been listed as ofLeast Concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The principal threats to the species are poaching and habitat loss resulting from human settlement. The males are highly prized as game animals in Africa.

Thanks Wikipedia.

Animal Friend of the Week Challenge Logo-

I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

Just use this logo and link back to this blog.

I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

We are heading into spring here and I just adored Sonya’s spring lamb and mum.

Sonyvdg: Animal Friend of the Week

Thanks for visiting.

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