The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Bontebok

Afrikaans name: Bontebok

A Bontebok with a youngster

Bontebok

Photo © Duncan Noakes - Fotolia.com

Damaliscus pygargus pygarus

Interesting facts about Bontebok

The Bontebok is an attractive antelope and is closely related to the Blesbok.

Both male and female Bontebok have horns but the horns of the males are thicker and longer.

They are found in Fynbos areas particularly where there is short grass.

Territorial males build up a herd of females during the breeding season. The other males form bachelor herds.

Bontebok were almost hunted to extinction. In 1931 the Bontebok National Park was proclaimed and numbers gradually recovered to a few thousand individuals.

References and further reading

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 25

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 149

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 234

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 72

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 130

South African Animals in the Wild - Author: Anthony Bannister - Published: 1985 - Page: 29

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 55

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 415

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 177

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 162

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 94

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 126

Questions and Answers - Endangered Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: John Comrie-Greig - Published: 1992 - Page: 30

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 19

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 93

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 162

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 208

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1997 - Page: 154

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 60

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 208

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 87


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