How do you call this animal?

I happened to stumble upon pages in ‘Beat about the Bush’ by Trevor Carnaby. An essential reading for those who want to learn about animal behavior. I am accidentally exposed to some names that I never heard. Even my auto-correct kept suggesting wrong corrections. : D. So I decided to surprise myself by searching the names on the internet. I am supporting my information from google, if you find the information below are false, please comment on this post. As soon as I found new facts from different sources, I will update this post.

1. Suni

Source: Lategan Safaris

At the first glance, it is almost looked like Dik dik. But if you observed its coat, dik dik has white liner surrounding its eyes. The different is also on the nose shape. Male suni grows horn like most of antelope. Do you know the size of this cute antelope? It is averagely 30-40 cm which is almost same size as a beagle.

2. Roan

Source: Morgan Colors

Roan is actually not a name of specific animal, but it is the coat color of horses. Roan coat contains white highlights like a velvet. So, when it comes Roan Horse, it means a horse with a roan coat, just like Russian blue cat suggesting its bluish coat.

3. Puku

Source: Kimballstock

Puku is also another  medium sized antelope. Male Puku has ridge horns which identified it to other antelopes. Here is some horn varieties in case you want to compare its different. Which one is your favorite? I love Kudu’s spiraling horn. 🙂 Although it’s beautiful, please reduce your desire to collect antler for decoration.


4. Tsessebe

Source: living-nature.e

Tsessebe belongs to the same family as wildebeest. I have created my trip in Tanzania video on youtube, you might have seen a group of bulls running, that is wildebeest. I observed Tsessebe has interesting color coat. Its body is dominated with chestnut brown. On the other hand, its face and upper limbs have darker brown coating. Additionally, the lower limbs are earth color. Which, I personally like Tsessebe’s coat rather than dull grey coat of wildebeest.

5. Nyala

Source: Pinterest

I think Nyala is the most handsome species I have been searching today. I mean, look at that horns and thick coat! Isn’t it majestic combination? Still one family of Bovidae (antelopes). Gee, antelopes have exotic names. What I learned from, the male juvenile looks like female and hypothesized as part of camouflage to protect from male bull domination. Does it make sense to you?

6. Sitatunga

Sitatumga. Lee Kemp

Again, the next name belongs to antelope family. The horn of Sitatunga changes following its growth. A male juvenile has horn resembles to ‘keris’ (note: Indonesian curly dagger), as it becomes adult, the horns grow swirling.

Sitatunga has unique ability which is swimming while sleeping. This behavior allows the to protect themselves from predator.

7. Gemsbok


The most intimidating horns I have seen for today’s post. Gemsboks have tendency to fight each other to establish rank. The higher rank, the least desire to fight. However if the match is even, they’ll continue the fight. Well, that’s what I call ambition.

8. Klipspringer

Source: by Ken Clifton

Meanwhile, this it the least threatening horns I have ever seen. Klipspringer is close family to Suni (mentioned above, yay! now you know what Suni is :D) and Dik-dik. Ergo the size is similar to them.

The highlight of this antelope, is its stripped black and white ears unlike Suni and Dik-dik.

9. Caracal

Finally! A non-antelope species for this search! And apparently, I know this cat. Except that I often refer them as Lynx, which they are actually not. Both cats have extra fur at the tip of their ears.  Lynx has spotted coat unlike caracal which is mostly red coat.

Source: AfricanSky

10. Serval


Another cat on today’s list! It is almost similar to cheetah, but caracal has a bat-ear sized. Their behavior almost similar to leopard, where their activity depends on home range in which they are active in the area they have dominated with urine spray.

After searching the name on internet, I concluded that maybe we don’t know those name because we commonly address them using its family name. For example, instead of calling them as Suni or Sitatunga or Klipspringer, we just called them antelope. Which is not entirely wrong, yet it is too general. I will bring more exotic animal names after my further reading. 🙂

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