Male Gerenuk – an unusual antelope! – Lewa, Kenya 2022

Male Gerenuk – an unusual antelope! In a beautiful valley in the Lewa Conservancy we were lucky enough to encounter this most unusual antelope – the Gerenuk. This is one of the easiest antelope to identify with its long legs and very long, thin neck. It has been given the alternative name of “giraffe-necked antelope” and it is not hard to see why! Only the male Gerenuk carry horns. These antelopes are strict browsers favouring new leaf growth, buds, and flowers. Their long neck gives them a clear advantage over other antelopes. But, in addition, they have the ability to stand erect on their hind legs. A most curious sight. This male Gerenuk was accompanied by a small herd of females with their young.