Close-up of an Eland at the Audubon Zoo.

Animal’s Behavior
An adaptable ruminant, the eland (Tragelaphus oryx) will drink water insatiably when thirsty, but can go for long periods without it during the dry season.

Eating Habits
Elands eat grasses, herbs, tree leaves, bushes and succulent fruit.

Originally found throughout southern, central and eastern Africa, although now extinct in areas such as Burundi.

Conservation Efforts
Although the eland population is under severe pressure in many areas of its native habitat, there are larger populations in protected areas; therefore, the species is listed as of Least Concern.

Animal Facts
Eland have corkscrew shaped horns that can grow as long as 4 feet. Its lifespan is about 25 years.