Roan antelope are herbivores and mainly graze on grass
They occupy grasslands, savanna and forests in central and southern Africa
Their ringed horns establish dominance and help fend off predators. Females have shorter horns
The roan antelope stands fairly tall at almost the same height as a horse! The strong and sturdy ringed horns on the top of their heads can sometimes grow up to a metre long. These horns are extensions of bone covered in keratin and can’t be regrown.
If two males are challenging each other to rule a herd they will fight ferociously by repeatedly clashing their horns together until one of them surrenders. They’re mainly hunted by lions and leopards, so eyes on the side of their head mean they’re more likely to see approaching predators. Their long and powerful legs let them escape predators quickly, helping them to reach high speeds.
They live in groups of up to 35, a mix of females and young, all led by a single male who defends the herd from rival males.