Afrikaans name: Blesbok
Blesbok with two juveniles
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.
The preferred diet of the Blesbok is short grass.Above - A young Blesbok feeling frisky 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 readingAn 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