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German wasp | Vespula germanica

German wasp

Vespula germanica

Coral bush | Ardisia crenata

Coral bush

Ardisia crenata

Purple loosestrife | Lythrum salicaria

Purple loosestrife

Lythrum salicaria

Pom pom weed | Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Pom pom weed

Campuloclinium macrocephalum

Canarybird bush | Crotalaria agatiflora

Canarybird bush

Crotalaria agatiflora

Peanut butter cassia | Senna didymobotrya

Peanut butter cassia

Senna didymobotrya

Rubber vine | Cryptostegia grandiflora

Rubber vine

Cryptostegia grandiflora

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Derby eland

Taurotragus derbianus

Common name:

Derby eland

Scientific name:

Taurotragus derbianus

Alternative common names:

Giant Eland, Lord Derby.

The Derby eland is the largest species of antelope in the world. Males tend to be larger than females, weighing between 400 and 1000 kg. It is an herbivore, eating grasses, foliage and branches.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    Western and Central Africa

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    NEMBA-Category 2

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    Limpopo Province and KwaZulu-Natal Province.

    How does it spread?

    Spread via pet trade. They’ve made it the target of domestication efforts in Africa and Russia, due to being great source of large quantities of tender meat, quality hides, and milk with higher protein and fat content than milk from dairy cows.

    Why is it a problem?

    Not yet known in South Africa. Only found in game reserves were a permit is required.

    What does it look like?

    Description: The Derby eland is the largest species of antelope in the world. They have a body length between 2.2 and 3.45 m, a tail length of 90 cm, and they weigh between 300 and 1,000 kg. Depending on sex, they differ greatly in size; males can grow to almost double the weight of females, and can reach up to 1.8 m at the shoulder. The coat is reddish-brown in colour and is usually darker in males. Males have horns that are thicker at the ends, longer, and more divergent than those of females. Their twisted and magnificent horns are a veritable work of art and one of the most beautiful trophies in the world. Habitat: Derby eland live in the broad-leafed savannah, woodlands and glades of central and western Africa. They also live in forests as well as on the fringes of deserts. They inhabit places near hilly or rocky landscapes and those with water sources nearby. They are not territorial and have large home ranges. Breeding: Mating occurs throughout the year, but peaks in the wet season. After a gestation period of nine months one calf is usually born at night. The calf will remain with its mother for around four to six months, after which the young eland might join a group of other juveniles. Females reach sexual maturity at about two years, and males at four to five years of age.

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General News Updates

2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasio…

26-02-2019

This is your invitation to South Africa's 2019 National Symposium on Biological Invasions. The convention is hosted by the Centre for Invasion Biology (CIB), University of Stellenbosch, and the Biolo... Read more

2019 Invasive Species Training

22-01-2019

During the past five years (2014-2018), ISSA invasive species trainers have trained 4 000 in the identification of invasive species and laws pertaining to invasive species across South Africa.  ... Read more

Alien Grass Working Group

04-09-2018

Who are we? The South African National Alien Grass Working Group was jointly initiated by the South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the Centre for Excellence in Invasion Biology (C·I·B) in... Read more

Permits for planting indigenous Cynodon?

01-03-2018

On 16 February, 2018, South Africa's Department of Environmental Affairs issued amendments to the regulations and lists relating to the National List of Invasive Species.  Updates to the draft&n... Read more

Invasive species training 2018 dates released

28-02-2018

Interested in invasive species?  How much do you know about NEMBA invasive species compliance for landowners and organs of state? The South African Green Industries Council (SAGIC) have released... Read more

Communications post for Africa advertised

25-01-2018

The Nature Conservancy has advertised a brand new post:  Communications Manager, Africa Region. Knowledge of invasive species and water would be an asset in this post. See details below:    Job Titl... Read more