Calves are growing from the water
After the first few weeks of the rainy season, Senegalese savanna is unrecognizable. Trees and shrubs has rich foliage and the soil is sprouted by beautifully green grass.
The grass reaches satisfactory height now but this will change in a few months. In September, you can no longer pass the Fathala reserve without using machetes because local grasses grow over 3-4 meters.
So calves of Western Derby eland are trying to grow as fast as possible to be able to pass through the green mass. Food sources are sufficient during the rainy season so they are growing very fast. Well, enjoy your meal, antelopes!
Calves borned during the last calving season (photo by: Vincent Dethier)