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Afrikaans name: Oorbietjie

An Oribi stands in a grassy field and keeps an eye out for potential threats


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Ourebia ourebi

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 reading

An 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

List of South African Mammals

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