Wildlife Species of the Week

Roan antelopes

Roan antelopes are one of the largest species of antelopes habituating open grassland savannah of West Africa. However, anthropogenic activities such as poaching and urbanization has decimated the population, leaving them thriving only in protected areas.

This astounding herbivore is gregarious with herds up to 20 individuals dominated by an alpha female, only one adult male (called a bull) in found in each herd,  juvenile males are exiled from the group at about 3 years old.

The Roan antelope is powerfully built with long, sturdy limbs and a thick neck that looks thicker because of an upstanding mane and beard. The head is long and narrow with a wide gape, framed by long, tasselled ears. Named for its colour, the roan is reddish grey to reddish brown, with a striking black-and-white facial mask.

Although Roan antelopes are frequent meals to most carnivorous large mammals, it has won a medal for killing lion. Their curved horns and a sideways stabbing technique, together with an aggressive temperament, make the roan antelope unusually formidable.  They are national pride to countries that own them in parks.