Kudu – Greater
(Latin = Tragelaphus strepsiceros , Afrikaans = Koedoe, Tswana = Tholo)
- Numbers: High
- Weight: 150 – 300 kg (330 – 660 lb.)
- Shoulder height: 130 cm (52 in.)
- Record Horn Length:
- SCI: 64 and six eighths in.
- Rowland Ward: 73 ⅞ in.
- Females horns? No
Greater kudus have a narrow body with long legs, and their coats can range from brown/bluish grey to reddish brown. They have between 4 and 12 vertical white stripes along their torso. Bulls are much larger than cows.
It feeds on leaves, flowers and fruits.
In South Africa the rutting season is through April to May. Single calves are born during January-February after a gestation period of nine months. Out-of-season births are not unusual.
The greater kudu is found throughout eastern and southern Africa, in mixed woodlands, bushlands, hills and mountains.
Hunting kudu with less than 7mm or .270 caliber rifles would not be recommended. Check likely feeding areas in the early morning hours, and stalk. Ambush likely feeding areas at daybreak as the bulls return to higher ground and cover. At midday, you can lie and wait at water, as they are regular drinkers.