Head and body length, 190-260 cm; shoulder height, 90-135 cm
Uknown; populations declining
Mainly montane woodlands, grasslands and heathlands of Ethiopia, at elevations of 2,500 to 4,300 meters
Victory doesn't always go to the swiftest. The mountain nyala is a living proof. When males vie for the attention of females, the competition is slow and deliberate. Three or four bulls follow a female in ritualized parallel walks until the smaller suitors give up and drift away. Evenly matched males circle one another in slow-motion, strutting dance. The sure-footed browser moves much faster when danger threatens, fleeing at speeds of around 40 kilometers an hour. But it can't outrun the persistent threats of poaching—both for meat and its magnificent spiral horns—and human encroachment on its few remaining "islands" of habitat.