Nyala group showing varying colors

Caption: Nyala group of mixed ages and gender, showing their different colors, drinking from waterhole, Mkuzi Game Reserve, South Africa.
Nyala bull with lyre-shaped horns
Nyala Appearance: The females and young have a smooth coat that is bright chestnut with distinct stripes and spots, while males, in addition to their horns, have a more shaggy coat that’s charcoal to slate in color with less contrasty side stripes.

In the picture above, from left we have a young calf, then two adult females, a juvenile male (already turning a darker color) and a sub-adult male.

While the sub-adult male is markedly bigger and darker than the females, he has some way to go to reach adulthood. See, for example, the picture (right) of a mature adult male, with his impressive lyre-shaped horns with ivory tips.

Photo Info: Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Digital Rebel XTi); Lens: Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM; Focal Length: 180mm; Shutter speed: 1/1250; Aperture: f5.6; ISO: 400.

For more, see Nyala Lateral Display and Nyala Bull at Waterhole.

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