Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis, Zimmermann 1780)


Class: Mammalia

Order: Cetartiodactyla

Family: Bovidae


Males measure on average 85 cm while female are smaller with 70 cm. These antelopes weigh on average 40 kg (males) and 34 kg (females). Captive springbok may live for up to 12 years but probably less under natural conditions.


Similar to the oryx, male springbok are territorial and social units are organized hierarchically. In southwestern and southern Africa, springbok was reported to migrate sporadically in herds of several hundreds of individuals during the rainy season. Due to human activities, such migrations no longer occur. Springbok are mixed feeders that do feed on both shrubs and grasses, and are often observed digging out roots as well.


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