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#1 Paolo

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:11 PM

Something a bit unusual....a beautiful lesser kudu bull, pictured in Meru, not far away from our camp (late August 2009); just one of the many sightings of these shy and elegant creatures we have been blessed to have in that park.

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Lynn: I hope you are going to have our same luck during your forthcoming trip!
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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:59 PM

Very nice shot, great size horns and markings.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 02:09 AM

I'll be looking for this handsome guy! Thank you!
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 03:42 AM

Beautiful shot.

I've never seen the lesser variety in the real world.
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Posted 21 January 2010 - 05:33 AM

Wow a lesser kudu - never seen one before. Also an extraordinary specimen - full 2 and a half turns. Great shot as well.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 05:58 AM

Excellent, Paolo!!! Never seen one before. Btw, could you post a pic of one from a full side angle (if you have one)? Thanks.........just to fully comprehend the differences!

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 09:45 AM

Thanks to everyone.


Btw, could you post a pic of one from a full side angle (if you have one)? Thanks.........just to fully comprehend the differences!


I should have some full side angle shots (especially of females). Give me a little bit of time (most of my pictures are stored in CDs or photo albums in my PC at my family house).

As to the differences between Greater and Lesser Kudu, one of the most striking is the fact that Lesser Kudu lacks any "beard" on its throat (in fact, its Latin name is Tragelaphus imberbis; imberbis means "without beard"). As to the white stripes on the body, I think (it should be checked though) that Lesser Kudu has 11 to 14 of them, whilst Greater Kudu can have any number between 4 and 12. Also the colours are rather different (Greater Kudu are more brownish, whilst Lesser Kudu tend to be more blueish).

On normal circumstances, lesser kudus are extremely shy and fleety antelopes, and amazingly apt at camouflaging amongst the thick, thorny bush they normally live in.

Many trophy hunters reckon that Lesser Kudu and Lord Derby's (Giant) Eland are the most challenging and difficult hunts in Africa.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:09 AM

Thanks....... No rush. Take your time!!!

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 10:56 AM

I ,too, have never seen a lesser kudu. What a lovely animal.



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Posted 21 January 2010 - 05:11 PM

Far from ideal as an identification aid, but if Paolo has no side-on males, I have one dodgy picture of what I believe to be a male lesser kudu from Tsavo West... which, along with Tsavo East (unless we were incredibly lucky) is a very, very good place to see them.

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 05:55 PM

Yes, Tsavo/Mkomazi ecosystem is also good for Lesser Kudu.

Based on my experience, I would say that, Meru aside, Sarara in the Matthews Range with its waterhole, and the central/southern part of Tarangire (Minyonyo, Hondo Hondo, Lamarkau and down to the Nkungunero Pools) are the most reliable areas for good Lesser Kudu sightings.

As you mention, both Greater and Lesser Kudu occur in Ruaha - likewise in the Matthews and Tarangire. I would say that in Matthews Range and Tarangire Lesser Kudu far outnumber Greater. In Ruaha it might be just the opposite, but I am not sure.... (we would need Safaridude for a little bit of enlightment on this!).

Anyway, your picture would seem portraying a female Greater Kudu (I am saying this mainly based on the colour and the thickness of the neck)

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 07:18 PM

I can second Paolo - we saw them at Sarara last year, there was one which was wandering right into the camp up to the central lodge area looking for something to eat because of the drought. I had a look at my photos but the ones I have the focus isn't great. There were several others by the water hole most days. There was some hope that because the drought had mad the animals less shy of coming closer this would continue even after the rains.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 01:49 AM

Anyway, your picture would seem portraying a female Greater Kudu (I am saying this mainly based on the colour and the thickness of the neck)


Thanks. Colour and neck thickness are things I just don't see. If it wasn't for the tufts and stripes I'd have no chance of telling the difference at all! Anyway,I removed that one for now! I'll put it back if I find any evidence it was lesser.

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 01:49 AM

...double post :)

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 02:22 AM

Lovely pic, Paul

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 02:39 AM

These impressive animals are "lesser" by no means. Thanks!
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Posted 22 January 2010 - 02:55 AM

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These impressive animals are "lesser" by no means.


Meaning that they share a common trait with cinnamon bobka, as any Seinfeld fan will know (Hari will get this reference). "Lesser kudu, I think not!" :)

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 04:05 AM

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These impressive animals are "lesser" by no means.


Meaning that they share a common trait with cinnamon bobka, as any Seinfeld fan will know (Hari will get this reference). "Lesser kudu, I think not!" :)



Yes, I remember the episode! The one where they shop for a bobka to take to the party? The B&W cookie that makes him sick?

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 04:55 AM

You lost me at bobka, so I'll just look at the kudu pics. But glad it's a good laugh for others.

I'm almost embarrassed to admit I am not a Seinfeld fan and don't know any of the jokes.
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Posted 22 January 2010 - 07:20 AM

Cinnamon bobka? Seinfeld?

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