The warthogs have new roomates

The common eland | Detroit Zoo

By Jeffrey Buck

If you’re like me and take the train to the rear of the zoo to work your way to the front, you’re in for a surprise at the African Train Station. Two common elands have joined warthogs Rebecca, Linus and Lilith in their habitat. It’s been nearly thirty years since the Detroit Zoo has had the second-largest species of antelope.

“It is very exciting to bring the common eland back to the Detroit Zoo after nearly thirty years.  This uncommonly beautiful antelope is a great addition to the African Grasslands,” said Robert Lessnau, Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals.

Half siblings Brad, 4 and Clover, 5, came from the Freeport-McMoran Audubon Species Survival Center in new Orleans. Here is some quick facts on the common eland:

  • Stands up to 5 feet tall
  • Can weigh up to 2,00 pounds
  • Have spiraling horns that can reach 3 feet in length
  • Travels in herds of up to 500
  • Found in grasslands, mountains, sub-deserts and woodland areas of Africa

Have you visited Brad and Clover at the Detroit Zoo? Send us your pictures, by clicking here, to be featured on our site!

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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