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Sharpe's Grysbok

Afrikaans name: Tropiese grysbok

Raphicerus sharpei

Sharpe's Grysbok in Kruger National Park

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Raphicerus sharpei

Interesting facts about Sharpe's Grysbok

The Sharpe's Grysbok is a shy and uncommon, if not rare, antelope. The name 'Grysbok' is Afrikaans and is a reference to the grey fleck that these antelope have in their otherwise reddish-brown coat.

They are active in the early morning and late afternoon into the evening. They normally occur singly. Sharpe's Grysbok is about 50 cm in height at the shoulder and only the rams have horns.

The main food of this small antelope is leaves browsed from bushes. It also eats grass, fruit and flowers. It occasionally visits fields of cultivated crops at night to feed.

Very little is known about the breeding habits of the Sharpe's Grysbok other than the female gives birth to a single lamb.

Sharpe's Grysbok

Above - Females do not have horns

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 249

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 27

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 218

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 124

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 104

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 178

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 117

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 98

Signs of the Wild - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 167

List of South African Mammals

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