Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)
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