The eland is the largest antelope on Earth. It can weigh up to 1,000kg, stand 1.75m tall and has long, spiralled horns. Eland travel long distances in their search for food and need to graze frequently to support their size.

Although Eland have many natural predators such as cheetahs they can run long distances at a high speed of up to 85kph and have superb jumping ability. They have been known to leap over each other and even their pursuers as they attempt to escape. Here at Porfell, they follow a more relaxed lifestyle…


When Eland walk their forelegs produce a sharp clicking sound, which carries some distance. Hunters see it as a good indication of an approaching herd.

Common/Giant Eland facts

  • Conservation Status:
    Least Concern
  • Habitat: Savannah, plains
  • Range: East & Southern Africa
  • No of species: 2
  • Lifespan: 15-25 years
  • Weight: up to 600kg
Scientific classification

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Artiodactyla
  • Family: Bovidae
  • Genus: Taurotragus
  • Species: T. oryx (common), T. derbianus (giant)


Eland and Zebra at Porfell Wildlife Park near Looe, in Cornwall.

Eland grazing and resting in the sun.

Eland arrived at Porfell in 2011 and they’re settling in nicely…

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