This area of the preserve is named for the well known east African Serengeti Plains, home to many species.
The Eland is the largest of the African antelopes; males can reach 6 feet at the shoulder. Both males and females have straight screw-like horns. A flap of loose skin called a "dewlap" hangs down on the Eland's neck, ending in a tuft of hair.
The Watusi is a cattle breed originally native to Africa (and you probably thought it was a dance!) They have large distinctive horns which can reach 8 feet, tip to tip. The Watusi have played an important role with many African tribes, providing food, currency and tribal status. I would not want to be on the receiving end of those horns, would you?
The Waterbuck is a large rather shaggy antelope, easily distinguished from behind by a white circle on its rump. Sadly, they wouldn't stand up and model their "target-like" behinds....
If you've been following this blog for very long you know I love to read. I've read quite a number of books set in Africa, in particular many by Wilbur Smith, so have often read of many of these animals, as well as Gemsbock, Springbok, Impala, Zebra and others. So seeing these animals, "up close and personal," close enough to almost touch, was such a thrill. I hope you are enjoying seeing them too. Stay tuned for more to come.... you won't want to miss the handsome zebra....
"Be inspired by your journeys traveled and the ones yet to come." ~ Sam Clark