Shoulder height 125 - 150 cm / 49 - 60 inch,
Mass / weight up to 340 kg / 750 lb.. On the first sight the Roan Antelope
may appear somewhat plump and disproportionate. It is a very large
antelope of sturdy built. Old Roan bulls appear more perfectly proportioned
than the cows. The penis is well discernible. The yellow-brown and dark
edged neck hair makes it look like a horse.
The body is of light brown colour with a white lower part
of the body; the legs are darker coloured. The broad, black facial marking
extends from the back of the nose upon the eyes up to the basis of the
horns. The ears are small and tip and have dark brown hair tips. An old bull
typically has a grim expression because of his dark facial markings and the
broad, coarse bridge of his nose. Young animals are more reddish coloured.
prefer the dry woodlands growing in the sandy soil of the northern Kalahari,
often keeping to the thickest vegetation when they move.
The occur in Namibia only in the extreme north-east (Kavango and Caprivi
region). There are a small hunting quotas available in the open safari areas
in the north. You will find them also Bushmanland, on the Waterberg
Plateau and on some game ranches in Namibia.
All kinds of
grass, leaves of trees and bushes as well as herbal. Roan Antelope are
depending on water and drink twice a day, thereby they move seldom more than
4 km far away from the water point for grazing.
Rutting season / gestation period:
The rutting season is all over the
year. Gestation period: 9 months (1 calf).
ca. 18 years.
Bull and cow carry horns. A good bull has well-curved
horns, the tip pointed to the back and downwards. The horns of the cow are
only slightly curved, with the tips pointing mostly upwards and only a
little backwards. The length of the horn may be up to 90 cm / 35,5
Roan Antelope live in small herds of 15 animals. Old
bulls are often solitary. It is worthwhile looking in the vicinity of
waterholes for old males. Stalking them in the thickly bushed flat areas of
the northern Kalahari of Namibia is comparatively difficult. However, the
proud behaviour of the bulls when taking on a challenger or looking around
for pursuers, often provides an opportunity for a quick shot before the bull
finally backs out. Wounded Roan Antelopes can become very aggressive, much
more so than Gemsbuck, which are mistakenly regarded as extremely dangerous
because of their pointed horns.