Oribi( Ourebia ourebi)

Details

Details of Oribi( Ourebia ourebi)

The largest of the small antelope with usually rufous yellow orange upperparts and white  underparts and inner thighs , which extends on  to the front of the chest. Has a rekatively long neck, medium sized ears and  short tail; with distinguishing black tip.

Only the rams has horns and these are short, erect and partly ridged. They usually occur in pairs or smalll parties consisting of one ram, which is vigorously territorial and up to four ewes. Communal dung heaps serve a territorial marking function, as do secretions from the preorbital glands and other glands which are pasted on to grass stalks. Oribi are inquisitive, and will turn to look back at the source of disturbance after running a short distance.

When disturbed they normally  give a sharp whistle or sneeze  and run off rapidly with occasional stiff legged jumps displaying the black tipped tail. They are bound to their range and rarely leave it even unedr stress.

When disturbed they lie down on long grass with the head erect making them difficult to erect making them difficult to erect.

 

 

 

Short Overview

 Height: 58 cm


Weight: M 15 kg; F 17 kg


Active: Mainly diurnal


Habitat: Open grassveld


Food: Grass maintained by fire

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