The Greater Kudu

Greater Kudu on exhibit at the Putnam Museum, in the Hall of Mammals

Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.

Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.

Discover the Grey Ghost

The Greater Kudu, also known as the Grey Ghost due to its elusive nature, is a large antelope found in Eastern and Southern Africa. It is one of the tallest antelopes, standing up to 1.2 meters at the shoulder, and can weigh up to 315 kg. The males have impressive horns that can grow up to 1.8 meters in length, and are twisted in a corkscrew shape.

Greater Kudus are predominantly browsers, feeding on leaves, twigs, and fruits, but will also graze on grass during the wet season. They are known for their excellent eyesight and hearing, which make them difficult to spot in the wild. They are also excellent jumpers, capable of leaping over fences and obstacles up to 3 meters high.

Despite being hunted for their meat and horns, the Greater Kudu population remains stable in many areas due to conservation efforts. They are a popular species for wildlife viewing and attract many tourists to Africa.

See one right here at the Putnam Museum!

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