The Kudu, the grandest of the spiral-horned antelope, is at the top of every hunter's list and for the very best of reasons. This prized trophy not only has remarkable features but the thrill of the hunt is an experience that is etched into your mind forever.
As a taxidermist, we have the pleasure of working on a wide variety of kudu from all over Africa and can certainly say no two bulls are the same.
There are two recognised species of the Kudu Antelope, the Greater Kudu and Lesser Kudu.
The Lesser Kudu is a forest antelope found primarily in East Africa. Their head-and-body length is typically between 110 - 140 cm (43 - 55 in.) with males being the larger of the two. Lesser Kudu males typically weigh 92 - 108kg (203 - 238 lb) and females are between 56 - 70 kg (123 - 154 lb). The spiral horns are present only on males reaching up to 70 cm (28 in) in length and typically have two to two and a half twists.
On the other hand, there is the Greater Kudu, either classed as a Southern Greater Kudu or East Cape Kudu. These kudu subspecies are a woodland antelope found through eastern and southern Africa. Being one of the largest species of antelope, the greater kudu males weigh on average between 190 - 270 kg (420 - 600 lb) but can reach up to 315 kg (694 lb). The head-and-body length is 185 - 248 cm (72 - 97 in) to which the tail can add some additional length. The spiral horns, in males, can reach up to 187 cm (74 in) and typically have two to two and a half twists.
Quite often, we hear clients saying, “if I’d known then, what I know now, I might have skinned my kudu in a different way for a different mount”.
We want to give you the information up front, so you can make a great decision on how to mount your trophy kudu. Whether it’s a pedestal mount, full mount, shoulder mount, wall pedestal, European mount, or any of the extra items that you can put together from your trophy kudu, we have everything available for you in one simple solution at Splitting Image Taxidermy.
Read our blog post for a more in depth look at Kudu Mount Options as well as how to ensure your Kudu skin is properly prepared for taxidermy.
Kudu is said to be one of the best Game Meats in the world and there are a number of delicious recipes out there. Here in the Eastern Cape of South Africa we enjoy a great braai with family and friends so a well seasoned Kudu fillet is always on the menu. Watch our video to find out how to make the best Kudu fillet using basic ingredients such as Lemon juice, Salt, Pepper and for our fellow South African's - some Bovril™.
Not only does Kudu meat taste great but game is one of the healthier options. Compared to red meat purchased in a store, game contains more minerals and is low in fat and high in protein. Another bonus is that it’s free from hormones and antibiotics.
Biltong is also a great snack that many South Africans love and has many health benefits. Besides being naturally gluten free, it is high in protein and Vitamin B12. Not many know this but you can also cook with Biltong, it goes beautifully with fruit flavours so add it to your next avocado and mango salsa for that added flavour.