FAQ on African Antelope

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Introduction

Antelope are herbivorous even-toed animals of the Bovidae family with social structures ranging from the solitary Steenbok to the very social Wildebeest. Kruger Park has a strong antelope population with larger species such as Sable antelope found in mixed savannah woodlands around Pretoriuskop and also near Phalaborwaa and the Roan in the open grasslands in north-eastern Kruger.

What is the difference between pronking and stotting?

Stotting, also known as pronking, is a gait used by gazelles where they jump high in the air with all feet off the ground. Pronking is used to describe this behaviour in Springbok of southern Africa and comes from the Afrikaans word ?pronk? which means to strut or show off.

Do Antelope mothers abandon their young often?

Some antelope mothers leave their young hidden from predators when the mothers go out and feed. In some cases such as the Impala the mothers leave their young in nursery herds that are cared for by adults. These two examples may give the impression that antelope mothers abandon their young.

What is an Antelope and why does it differ from a Gazelle?

A Gazelle is a genus of the Antelope group with only one species, Springbok, occurring in Southern Africa. The Springbok does not occur in the Kruger Park.

Do Antelope horns re-grow?

Horn re-growth in antelope does not generally occur. If the horn breaks off completely there will be no chance of regrowth but if the animal is young and the horns breaks somewhere along the shaft there may be some form of growth, although the growth will more than likely be deformed.



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