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African Reference: Lowland and Mountain Nyalas

by Larry Blomquist

Lowland nyalas or simply nyalas are spiral-horned antelopes native to southern Africa. Their range includes Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Eswatini, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. They have been introduced to Botswana and Namibia. Their population is stable, and they have been listed as of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The principal threats to the species are poaching and habitat loss resulting from human settlement. Male nyalas are highly prized as game animals in Africa.The most recent population estimates I could find show that South Africa has the largest population of nyalas at over 30,000, with 25,000 in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mountain nyalas are large antelopes found in high altitude woodlands in a small part of central Ethiopia. Mountain nyalas are larger than the more common southern or lowland nyalas. Mountain nyalas are considered the rarest spiral-horned species and the hunt is regarded as the ultimate African big-game hunt. Many hunters compare this to high altitude sheep and goat hunts.

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