GREATER KUDU - Tragelaphus strepsiceros

Author: Bodo Muche - reference WILDLIFE
Friday, Dec 30, 2011

GREATER KUDU - Tragelaphus strepsiceros
GREATER KUDU - Tragelaphus strepsiceros  with Oxpecker
2011  Bronze edition of eleven   Height 56cm / 22” -  Width 38cm / 15”
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The Greater Kudu always held my fascination. Long before I came to Africa and when I did, I could observe this animal of my dreams. The great naturalist, conservationist, educator and hunter Dr. Andreas von Nagy had taken me under his wings. I lived at Usa, near Arusha, Tanzania and one of my favourite haunts became Lolkisale, a hill s/w of Arusha. David Recksteiner, fellow naturalist and wildlife photographer and I had made Lolkisale "our own".   Mountain forest, open glades and thick scrub covered the top and wildlife was just phenomenal. Crowned Hawk Eagles chasing Colobus Monkeys, snorting Black Rhinos chasing us and then there were Greater Kudu, Tandala mkubwa! A sight indelibly imprinted into my memory bank was that of five Kudu bulls. They were looking to my direction and I was trying to hide behind some rocks. I couldn't move and get my camera out of the rucksack. The Kudus kept on barking and eventually moved away, slowly, picking up and putting down their  feet in slow motion, every so  often looking back at me, showing off their beautiful adornments.