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Roan Antelope
Conservation status: Lower risk (cd)
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Young Roan Antelope (Ndevu, Zambia)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Subfamily:Hippotraginae
Genus:Hippotragus
Species:H. equinus
Binomial name
Hippotragus equinus
[[Anselme Ga�tan Desmarest|Desmarest]], 1804

The Roan Antelope (Hippotragus equinus) is a grassland antelope found in West, Central and Southern Africa.

Roan Antelope stand about a metre and half at the shoulder and weigh around 250 kilograms. Roan Antelope are a roan colour with a lighter underbelly, white eyebrows and cheeks and a black face, lighter in females. there is a short erect mane and a very light beard. The horns are ringed and can reach a metre long in males, slightly shorter in females. They arch backwards slightly.

Roan Antelope are found in grasslands where they eat mid-length grass. They form harem groups of five to fifteen animals with a dominant male. Roan Antelope commonly fight among themselves for dominance of their herd, brandishing their horns while both animals are on their knees.


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