Roan Antelope are named for their reddish brown – roan – coat colour.
Both sexes have horns, but these are longer in males, where they can reach up to a metre in length. Horns are useful as weapons in fights over a territory – or more accurately, over female harems, which can include 5 to 15 females per male.
Roan Antelope live in open woodland, tropical and subtropical grasslands, savannas and scrublands; where they feed grasses, leaves, shoots, twigs, and stems.
Once common, Roan Antelope have become rare across much of their former range. In many African countries, populations have dropped significantly or have disappeared completely. The reason for this decline is likely due to a combination of factors including poaching, loss of habitat, stress-induced disease, predation, and over competition resulting from high density populations.
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