We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo

This month Becky’s Squares are focusing on odd things – you can interpret this any way you want so I am going to take you all to the zoo this month. San Diego Zoo to be precise and the photos featured will be either odd looking animals, animals with odd names, odd facts or slightly odd photos. I hope you’ll enjoy my selection.

Day 24

Lesser kudu are striking striped antelope native to the dry lands of north-eastern Africa. Male and female lesser kudu look very different. Males are pale grey, and females are a bright reddish-brown. Both sexes have white stripes on their bodies. Only males have impressive spiralled horns which will twist 2.5 times and can grow up to 3.5 feet (60 to105 cm) long.

Large ears allow for enhanced listening abilities and predator detection. Facial markings consist of black stripes running from each eye towards the nose, and a white stripe running from each eye to the centre of the face. Legs are fawn coloured, with white spots above the hooves. Two white spots adorn either side of the neck. Lesser kudu are great jumpers and can leap over obstacles up to 8 feet (2.5 metres) high.

Lesser kudu emit a bark vocalisation when startled which warns others of potential predators.

We are into the last week of the ODD SQUARES month so please join in with Becky and the Square gang; the only rule is that the main photo MUST be a square – that is four equal sides! You have been warned 😉

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

18 thoughts on “We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo”

  1. well these are rather fabulous – are they the ones that can jump that high from standing or do they take a running jump?

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