The elegant Greater Kudu, seen here, lives in Africa. We watched this mighty bull confidently stride in front of our safari vehicle at the end of the day in Zambia. In a protected park, with only gawking appreciative humans, he literally walked off into the sunset. We sat there in our vehicle until it got so dark we could no longer see him.
Tragelaphus strepsiceros is one of the largest antelope, males usually weighing in the range of 500 pounds. They eat grasses, roots, and fruits; and tend to hide in brush to avoid their predators, mostly lions and hyenas. Therefore, they are not easy to spot.
Their twisting horns are spectacularly beautiful, but the down side of that is, of course, poaching. Loss of habitat and deforestation are also problems for the kudu. They are sparsely populated in most areas, but not yet an endangered species.
Due to the waning light we had that evening, the photographers in our safari group had to regretfully stop photographing at a certain lightless point. After that, we all sat still and quiet, revering this magical creature until he was gone.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander