The San Diego Zoo obtained its first spiral-horned antelope, some eland, from the St. Louis Zoo in 1941, and greater kudu in trade from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago in 1946. From there, our collection has grown.
Today, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has herds of both common and Cape or greater eland in its large South Africa field exhibit. Our greater kudu herd lives in the Central Africa field exhibit. All can be viewed from the popular Africa Tram tour or more closely on a Caravan Safari tour.
Eland are raised like domesticated cattle in parts of Africa for their hide, milk, and meat. In other parts of Africa, both eland and kudu are hunted in an unsustainable manner for their meat. Some hunters kill the animals just to take their spiral horns as trophies. Lesser kudu Tragelaphus imberbis are classified as threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.