Eland

Livingstone Eland Taurotragus oryx livingstonianus, Livingstone Eland

Cape Eland Taurotragus oryx oryx, Kaapse Eland

South Africa is the home of two subspecies of eland, i.e. the Cape eland – characterized by being uniform grey from the southern and western parts of the country. The other subspecies is the Livingston eland – characterized by a number of vertical white lines on the body – from the north eastern areas of the country. Unfortunately these two subspecies interbreed and pure specimens of either is quite rare today.

Standing some 6 feet at the shoulder and weighing up to 2,000 pounds, Eland bulls are impressive animals. Both sexes have horns, the bulls being much heavier but not necessarily longer. The cows are noticeably lighter of body as well.

Eland are generally not aggressive, but a downed animal must be approached with caution.

Be prepared for a fair bit of walking when going for eland, especially when they start their characteristic trot, which can continue throughout the day.

Nevertheless, it’s well worth the walk as a good specimen remains an impressive shoulder mount in any company.

Recommended Calibers:

Eland have fallen to .270 Winchester class calibers, but a .300 Win. Mag. is preferable, with a .375 H&H Magnum even better still.

Trophy Qualification Minimums:

Rowland Ward – 35 S.C.I. – 77