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SPECIAL EDITION NATURA SERIES
Giants Of Africa - The Eland
In 2005 the Natura Gold coins featured the first theme in the “Giants of Africa” series, the Hippopotamus and in 2006, the 2nd giant, the Giraffe was featured. In 2007, the 3rd giant, the Eland (Taurotragus oryx), will be depicted. The Eland is the largest antelope in
An Eland bull can weigh up to 900kg and can grow to a shoulder height of 1,7 metres. In spite of its heavy physique, Eland are remarkably agile and large bulls can easily jump over regular fences. They have a slight hump at the shoulders and a prominent dewlap. The heavy horns of both sexes slant backwards and can grow to a length of 1 metre.Females are much smaller, weighing only about 450 kilograms. As they grow older their colour changes from a tawny colour to grey. The male has a tuft of hair on the forehead, this changes colour from dark brown to black with age.They also have faint vertical white stripes on their flanks, which are distinctive to the Eland.