Greater Kudu

David Shepherd

shepherd greater kudu signed print
Greater Kudu
Signed Limited Edition of 850
Published April 1979
Image Size:- 17" x 30"

Greater kudus have a narrow body with long legs, and their coats can range from brown/bluish grey to reddish brown.
They possess between 4 and 12 vertical white stripes along their torso.
The head tends to be darker in colour than the rest of the body, and exhibits a small white chevron which runs between the eyes.
Greater kudu bulls tend to be much larger than the cows, and vocalize much more, utilizing low grunts, clucks, humming, and gasping.
The bulls also have beards running along their throats, and large horns with two and a half twists, which, were they to be straightened,
would reach an average length of 120 cm (47 in), with the record being 187.64 cm (73.87 in).[5] They diverge slightly as they slant back from the head.
The horns do not begin to grow until the bull is between the ages of 612 months.
The horns form the first spiral rotation at around 2 years of age, and not reaching the full two and a half rotations until they are 6 years old; occasionally they may even have 3 full turns.
This is one of the largest species of antelope. Bulls weigh 190270 kg (420600 lb), with a maximum of 315 kg (694 lb), and stand up to 160 cm (63 in) tall at the shoulder.
The ears of the greater kudu are large and round. Cows weigh 120210 kg (260460 lb) and stand as little as 100 cm (39 in) tall at the shoulder; they are hornless, without a beard or nose markings.

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