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Afrikaans name: Springbok

Springbok illustrating how it got its name - wonderful photo!

Springbok pronking

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Antidorcas marsupialis

Interesting facts about Springbok

The Springbok is an amazing medium-sized antelope. They are able to run at speeds of up to 100 km/h and can take leaps 4 metres in length.

Male Springboks pronk when trying to attract a mate. This involves trotting along and jumping up into the air with an arched back and exposing the white hairs under its tail.

Springboks stand up to 90 cm at the shoulder and can weigh over 40 kg. Males are a bit bigger than females.

Springboks mainly occur in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. They are found in the drier regions of the western half of the South Africa.

They feed on grass or bushes - depending on what is available.

Male Springboks establish territories but they don't have a harem as such. Female Springboks tend to move around from territory to territory.


References and further reading

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 227

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 212

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 165

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 170

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 105

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 116

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 332

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 90

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: 260

Signs of the Wild - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 183

List of South African Mammals

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