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.
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Above - A young Blesbok feeling frisky
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.