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quick facts about a Roan
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roan are Africa's largest antelope, a heavy-bodied animal with sickle
shaped horns much like the sable but much shorter. They are roan in
colour with older bulls turning grayer with age and young being chestnut
brown. They have very large tufted ears with black and white mask-like
Roan were listed by CITES but were downgraded a few years ago
and there are no current restrictions.
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Southern roan - 66"
East African roan - 66"
Western roan - 66"
open wooded savannah and open plains with constant water and grass,
avoiding thick bush. In some areas, they live at high altitudes
above the forest line and grow thick shaggy coats against the
are found grazing along the edges of dambos and plains in the
early mornings and evenings and have keen senses.
They live in herds of up to 25 animals with the lead bull maintaining
a relatively small territory. Younger and old bulls are ousted
from the herd and form bachelor groups with older bulls being
tips - the hunt
is important as they are capable of "running for miles"
when poorly wounded. They are aggressive when pushed or cornered
and care should be taken when approaching the wounded animal.
Sometimes their natural curiosity affords an easy shot which resulted
in large numbers hunted for meat by early settlers.
tips - the calibre
are strong large bodied animals and a well-placed shot from a
heavier plainsgame calibre is essential - such as 7mm & 300
Magnums with heavy grained soft-nosed bullets.
tips - the trophy
bull will have full curving horns starting with thick bases running
up high before the backward curve. Usually the horns do not curve
downwards but run parallel to the back and the tips are fairly
widespread from each other.
A downward curve at the tips would signal an exceptional trophy.
tips - where
are commonly described:
Western Roan - Cameroon, CAR
Sudan Roan - Ethiopia
East African Roan - Tanzania
Southern (Angolan) Roan - Namibia, South Africa, Zambia
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