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Bontebok

Afrikaans name: Bontebok

A Bontebok with a youngster

Bontebok

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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.

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References and further reading

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

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 208

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

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

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

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 - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 177

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

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

List of South African Mammals

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