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Afrikaans name: Bontebok

A Bontebok with a youngster


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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.


References and further reading

Chris 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

List of South African Mammals

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