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Kudu horn

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A Kudu horn is a musical instrument made from the horn of the Kudu antelope. It is mostly seen as in the Western world in its use as a part of the Scouting movement's Wood Badge training program which, when blown, signals the start of a Wood Badge training course or activity. A form of it is sometimes used as a shofar in Jewish ceremonies.

Peter Duncan, British Chief Scout, sounding kudu August 1, 2007


The Kudu are two species of antelope:

  • Lesser Kudu, Tragelaphus imberbis
  • Greater Kudu, Tragelaphus strepsiceros

The name of the animal was imported into English in the 18th century from isiXhosa iqudu, via Afrikaans koedoe.