Afrikaans name: Oorbietjie
Interesting facts about Oribi
Oribi are a smallish and attractive antelope. They grow to a height of roughly 60 cm at the shoulder. Male and female are similar in looks but only males have horns.
They are normally found in open areas with short grass and are always on the lookout for predators. Oribis can run at speeds of up to 50 km/h if necessary.
In South Africa they are mainly found in the eastern regions of the country. They do, however, have a widespread distribution in sub-Saharan Africa.
Oribi mainly feed off short grass but will eat other plant material if grass is in short-supply. They are normally seen in small herds that comprise of one male and a few females.
References and further readingAn Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 242
Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 216
Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 121
Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 109
Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 174
Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 111
Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 100
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 416
Signs of the Wild - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 163