The Eland prefers to live in areas that are semi dry like the grasslands and woodlands. Even though they are browsing animals they will often eat newly sprouted grass right after the onset of a rainy season. The Eland has adapted well to the semi dry areas and therefore gets most of its water from its food supply. However, when a drinking hole is available they will surely drink from it.
Older mature Cape Eland males can weigh up to one ton and can be very difficult to bring down. Young bulls are lighter in color with longer thinner horns than older bulls with their distinctive dewlap, fringe and brimmed down horns. When judging the trophy quality of Eland, it's important to look at the size of the ridge on the horns, the color of the dewlap and skin leading up to the head from the shoulders. Mature bulls will display a black/darkened fringe on the forehead, with the emphasis not always being the length of the horn but the age of the animal.