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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Bovinae
Genus: Taurotragus
Species: T. derbianus
Binomial name
Taurotragus derbianus
Gray, 1847

The Giant Eland (Taurotragus derbianus also known as the Derby Eland) is an open forest savannah antelope. It is found in Central African Republic, Sudan, Cameroon and Senegal. There are two subspecies: the endangered T. d. derbianus, found in Senegal's Niokolo-Koba National Park, and the low risk T. d. gigas, found in Central Africa. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 1464 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Houston Zoo Giant Eland Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1600x1200, 1464 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Houston Zoo Giant Eland Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 2475 KB) Taurotragus derbianus File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Giant Eland Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... The conservation status of a species is an indicator of the likelihood of that species continuing to survive. ... Image File history File links Status_iucn3. ... The critically endangered Amur Tiger, a rare subspecies of tiger. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Phyla Subregnum Parazoa Porifera Subregnum Eumetazoa Placozoa Orthonectida Rhombozoa Radiata (unranked) Ctenophora Cnidaria Bilateria (unranked) Acoelomorpha Myxozoa Superphylum Deuterostomia Chordata Hemichordata Echinodermata Chaetognatha Xenoturbellida Superphylum Ecdysozoa Kinorhyncha Loricifera Priapulida Nematoda Nematomorpha Onychophora Tardigrada Arthropoda Superphylum Platyzoa Platyhelminthes Gastrotricha Rotifera Acanthocephala Gnathostomulida Micrognathozoa Cycliophora Superphylum Lophotrochozoa Sipuncula Nemertea Phoronida Bryozoa Entoprocta... {{{subdivision_ranks}}} See below Chordates (phylum Chordata) are a group of animals that includes the vertebrates, together with several closely related invertebrates. ... Orders Multituberculata (extinct) Palaeoryctoides (extinct) Triconodonta (extinct) Subclass Australosphenida Ausktribosphenida Monotremata Subclass Eutheria (excludes extinct ancestors) Afrosoricida Anagaloidea (extinct) Arctostylopida (extinct) Artiodactyla Carnivora Cetacea Chiroptera Cimolesta (extinct) Cingulata Creodonta (extinct) Condylarthra (extinct) Dermoptera Desmostylia (extinct) Dinocerata (extinct) Embrithopoda (extinct) Hyracoidea Insectivora Lagomorpha Leptictida (extinct) Litopterna (extinct) Macroscelidea Mesonychia (extinct) Notoungulata... Families Suidae Hippopotamidae Tayassuidae Camelidae Tragulidae Moschidae Cervidae Giraffidae Antilocapridae Bovidae The even-toed ungulates form the mammal order Artiodactyla. ... Subfamilies Bovinae Cephalophinae Hippotraginae Antilopinae Caprinae A bovid is any of almost 140 species of cloven-hoofed mammals belonging to the family Bovidae. ... Tribes Bovini Boselaphini Strepsicerotini The biological subfamily Bovinae (or bovines) includes a diverse group of about 24 species of medium-sized to large ungulates, including domestic cattle, Bison, the Water Buffalo, the Yak, and the four-horned and spiral-horned antelopes. ... Eland might refer to: Common Eland Taurotragus oryx a savannah and plain antelope found in East and Southern Africa. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is the formal method of naming species. ... John Edward Gray. ... 1847 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Eucalyptus Forest at Swifts Creek in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. ... Savanna at Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. ... Genera Aepyceros Alcelaphus Antidorcas Antilope Cephalophus Connochaetes Damaliscus Gazella Hippotragus Kobus Madoqua Neotragus Oreotragus Oryx Ourebia Pantholops Procapra Sylvicapra Taurotragus Tragelaphus and others Antelopes are a polyphyletic group of herbivorous African and Asian animals of the family Bovidae, distinguished by a pair of hollow horns on their heads. ...


Giant Eland stand 150 to 175 centimetres (4.9 to 5.7 feet) at the shoulder and weigh from five to nine hundred kilograms. The coat is chestnut, darker in males than females. There are around ten white vertical stripes on the body as well as a white underside and black definition around the base of the neck and along the nose. There is a bit of a dewlap under the throat and a short black mane running down the back almost to the back legs. Both sexes have horns which are relatively straight with many twists. Males have larger horns than females, reaching 120 centimetres.


Giant Eland live in open forest and savannah where they eat grass, leaves and branches. Giant Eland are mainly nocturnal. Giant Eland form groups of around twenty animals, although double that is possible. These herds are nomadic, migrating extensively. An area of grass-like plants Grass generally describes a monocotyledonous green plant in the family Poaceae, botanically regarded as true grasses. ... Leaves are an Icelandic five-piece alternative rock band who came to prominence in 2002 with their debut album, Breathe, drawing comparisons to groups such as Coldplay and Doves. ... A nocturnal animal is one that sleeps during the day and is active at night - the opposite of the human (diurnal) schedule. ... Communities of nomadic people move from place to place, rather than settling down in one location. ... Migration occurs when living things move from one biome to another. ...


The binomial commemorates Edward Smith-Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby. Edward Smith Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby (April 21, 1775 - June 30, 1851) was an English politician, landowner, builder, farmer, art collector and naturalist. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
eland - HighBeam Encyclopedia (391 words)
Elands live in small herds and are primarily browsers rather than grazers.
By 1968 the giant eland was nearly extinct in W Africa.
Elands are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Artiodactyla, family Bovidae.
Giant eland, Derby eland (453 words)
A gregarious species, giant eland herds do not disband in the wet season, but remain together, suggesting that social, rather than ecological factors are responsible for herding.
Giant eland are alert and wary, making them difficult to approach and observe.
The giant eland is considered a low risk, near threatened species by the IUCN (1996).
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