Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52405

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Anitdorcas
Genus species:Antidorcas marsupialis

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:96-115 cm
Height:75-83 cm
Weight:25-46 kg
Identification:The coat coloration of the springbuck is reddish-fawn with white underparts, face, and rump. There are dark bands on the sides of the body running from the eye to the muzzle. A line of white erectile hairs are along the lower back.
Habitat:Treeless grasslands (velds)
Diet:Herbivore: leaves of shrubs and bushes, grass
Reproduction:A single fawn is born after a gestation period of six months.
An established male holds a territory containing a harem of 10-30 females.
Behavior:When frightened, a glandular patch under the skin on the springbuck's lower back opens, revealing long stiff white hairs. They will also bound up to 11.5 feet high.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Thousands of springbuck were slaughtered to prevent damage to farmers' pastures; however, they have been reintroduced and are now thriving.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Springbuck
Springbok
Antidorcas
Antelopes
Bovidae
Ruminants
Artiodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata