Detroit Zoo welcomes 2 common elands to the African grasslands exhibit

Common eland pair Brad, Clover make the Detroit Zoo home

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ROYAL OAK, Mich. - A pair of elands, the second-largest species of antelope after the giant eland, will now be calling Michigan home.

The Detroit Zoo announced Wednesday they are welcoming the half sibling elands, who are named Brad and Clover, into the zoo family.

Zoo representatives said the pair came from the Freeport-McMoran Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans.

"It is very exciting to bring the common eland back to the Detroit Zoo after nearly thirty years. This uncommonly beautiful antelope is a great addition to the African Grasslands," said Robert Lessnau, Detroit Zoological Society Curator of Mammals.

Brad and Clover join warthogs , Rebecca and Lilith in their habitat near the Africa Train Station.

About the common eland

The common eland stands up to five feet tall at the shoulder and can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.

The species has a tan coat with a series of vertical white stripes and distinctive spiraling horns that can reach three feet in length.

The male has a prominent flap of loose skin below the throat, called a dewlap, which distinguishes it from the female.

The common eland travels in herds of up to 500 and can be found in the grasslands, mountains, sub-deserts and woodland areas of eastern and southern Africa.

The species produces a clicking noise that is used as a form of communication and can be heard from a mile away. The sound is the result of tendons and joints rubbing together in the animals' forelegs.

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