Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)

Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)

Short Overview

Small elegant and large eyed , with upperparts normally  rufous  fawn but variable from pale  fawn to deeper chestnut. Underparts including insides of legs are clean white and there is  a white patch on throat and above eyes. Only the ram  carries the short, sharp pointed, smooth surfaced and vertical horns. They occur singly or in Ram/ewe both strongly defensive of their own overlapping territories.  Unlike other antelopes they  they defecate and urinate  in shallow  scrapes  dug with the front  hoofs and then cover  these. They lie up in cover  during the heat of the day, feeding during cooler  hours, but nocturnal feeding is common particularly in disturbed areas.

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Details of Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)

Small elegant and large eyed , with upperparts normally  rufous  fawn but variable from pale  fawn to deeper chestnut. Underparts including insides of legs are clean white and there is  a white patch on throat and above eyes. Only the ram  carries the short, sharp pointed, smooth surfaced and vertical horns. They occur singly or in Ram/ewe both strongly defensive of their own overlapping territories.  Unlike other antelopes they  they defecate and urinate  in shallow  scrapes  dug with the front  hoofs and then cover  these. They lie up in cover  during the heat of the day, feeding during cooler  hours, but nocturnal feeding is common particularly in disturbed areas.

Height: 52 cm

Weight: 11 kg

Active: Day and Night

Habitat: Riverine woodland

Food: Tough grasses

 

 

 

 

 

 

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