Roan (Hippotragus Equinus)
The Roan looks very similar to the Sable, just lighter skin and shorter horns. Big roan bulls can weigh up to 300 kg. Both males and females have horns and bulls’ horns can reach lengths of 30 inches.
They are also not very common and are on the endangered specie list in South Africa.
Big roan bulls can have a shoulder height of 1.5 m tall.
In Afrikaans the name is Bastergemsbok, in Lozi Kwalata, and in Tswana Kunkuru.
Roans prefer open grass fields with long grass. They need water daily to survive. They are mostly grazers but will also eat leaves sometimes.
Roans are usually found in herds of up to 15 animals with only one dominant bull in the group. These animals are very territorial and other bulls cannot enter without knowing there will be a challenge. Larger herds have been noticed in some areas.
Calves are born after a pregnancy period of about 280 days. The mother leaves the herd to give birth. The calf does not join the herd immediately due to fear of predators.
The actual track is 10 cm long.