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Habitat and Food Selection

Nyala are generally associated with thickets in dry savanna woodland or with a mosaic of open floodplains with surrounding dense woodland. If they are disturbed they will immediately head for dense bush. Dry forest adjoining riverine habitat is also a preferred habitat for this species. Nyala are predominantly browsers feeding off leaves, thin twigs, bark, flowers and fruits of a wide variety of plants. The two top images illustrate typical habitat whereas the lower two show a ewe (left) and a bull (right) browsing.

Although predominantly browsers nyala are very partial to flushes of new grass and will move out of thickets into open areas to graze. They are known to follow troops of monkeys and baboons to feed off fruits and flowers dislodged by these species from the tree tops.