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Mountain Reedbuck

Afrikaans name: Rooiribbok

Male Mountain Reedbuck

Mountain Reedbuck portrait

Photo © Duncan Noakes - Fotolia.com

Redunca fulvorufula

Interesting facts about Mountain Reedbuck

The Mountain Reedbuck is a medium-sized antelope that favours hilly areas with bush or forest.

They are grey in appearance with a white belly (I am not sure where the Afrikaans name of Rooiribbok originates from as it implies that they are reddish). Males have horns that curve sharply forward and may be more than 30 cm in length. They reach about 70 to 75 cm at the shoulder and weigh 30 kg or more.

Mountain Reedbuck are found in small herds. These consist of a mature male, some females and juveniles.

The Mountain Reedbuck feeds on grass and leaves.

Females give birth to a single young during summer.

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References and further reading

An Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 306

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 200

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Year Published: 2004 - Page: 171

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1997 - Page: 144

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 2001 - Page: 200

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 140

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 111

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 200

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 147

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 108

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: 416

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 181

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1996 - Page: 166

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Year Published: 2011 - Page: 230

List of South African Mammals

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