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Mountain Reedbuck

Afrikaans name: Rooiribbok

Male Mountain Reedbuck

Mountain Reedbuck portrait

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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.


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 - 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 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 - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 181

List of South African Mammals

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