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Afrikaans name: Blesbok

A Blesbok with two juveniles

Blesbok with two juveniles

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Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi

Interesting facts about Blesbok

The Blesbok gets its name from the Afrikaans word 'bles' which means blaze. This relates to the white face of this antelope.

The Blesbok is very similar to the Bontebok and they are in fact close related.

Blesbok are most often seen in areas of open grassland.

Male and females are very similar in looks although males are slightly bigger. A male Blesbok can weigh up to 70 kg and stands about 90 cm at the shoulder.

Being a mid-sized antelope they are prone to predation by a number of species including Lions, Leopards, Wild Dog, Spotted Hyena and Cheetah.

The preferred diet of the Blesbok is short grass.

Young Blesbok in a playful mood

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Above - A young Blesbok feeling frisky

Blesbok dozing during the midday heat

Photo © Steven Herbert

Above - Blesbok seem to have a habit of dozing during the heat of summer days. They either lay in the grass or stand with their heads down and take a nap.


References and further reading

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 219

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 208

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 164

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 163

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 95

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 128

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: 415

Signs of the Wild - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 175

List of South African Mammals

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