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Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)

The Springbok is the only gazelle in Southern Africa. Their diet consists of short grass and bushes. They are independent of water, but when there is water available, they drink regularily. Both, male and female, have horns, but the male horns are longer and stronger. Springbok can reach speeds up to 70 km/h when they feel endangered.

The photo on the left shows a male.

 

Due to their good eyesight, Springbok prefer open plains, where they can see their enemies over a big distance. Natural enemies are Cheetah, Leopard and Lion. Their young ones are also preyed upon by smaller predators, like Caracal, Jackals and also some bigger Eagles.

In the picture on the right is typical a scene on the farm.

 

Steenbok (Rapharicerus campestris)

Steenbok are the smallest antelope on the farm. They weigh up to 12 kg (female) and 11 kg (male). Only the males have straight unridged horns. They are bound to a territory and are only in pairs during mating season. They are totally independent of water and mainly browse.