The Giant Eland, also known as the Lord Derby eland, is the largest species of antelope in the world. These animals can be found in the wild in two different remote areas of central Africa. Giant Eland males are much larger in body size than females and can also be identified by their large flap of hanging skin underneath their chin called a “dewlap”. Both males and females have the characteristic spiral horns, white lips, and dewlaps. They are primarily nocturnal and can live in social herds of up to 25 individuals. Decline of Giant Eland in the wild was due to over-hunting and habitat destruction.
Country of Origin: Central Africa
Weight: Males up to 2,200 lbs, Females up to 1,320 lbs
Size: Up to 5.9 feet tall at the shoulder
Lifespan: 25 years in the wild, 20 years in captivity
Diet: Grasses, foliage, weeds, and other lower-quality plant material. If available, they have been found to eat fruits.