Afrikaans name: Bontebok
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 readingChris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 208
Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 162
Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 93
Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 126
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 94
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: 177