Mountain Nyala, Dinsho, Ethiopia
photo by Tim Melling
This rare antelope (Nyala angasii) has a highly restricted global range, being found only in the high mountain forested grasslands of Ethiopia at 2000-4000m. They were the last of the great antelope species to be described new to science in 1910, and the global population (listed as endangered by IUCN) is probably fewer than 2500 mature individuals. They spent a lot of time shading under trees in the heat of the day, but are more active mornings and evenings. They were also incredibly variable in colouration and pattern. I thought that this was a particularly beautifully marked individual.
What a majestic fucking ungulate.