Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52567

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Artiodactyla
Family:Bovidae
Genus:Damaliscus
Genus species:Damaliscus dorcas

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1.4-1.6 m
Height:84-99 cm
Weight:59-100 kg
Identification:The blesbok is a rich purple-chestnut color with a darker neck and hindquarters. The rump, belly, lower legs, and face patch are white.
Habitat:Open grasslands
Diet:Herbivore
Reproduction:A 7.5 month gestation period produces a single calf that will remain with its mother for two years.
Males form bachelor herds after they leave their mothers. Nonbreeding animals form mixed herds of 20-500 animals.
Behavior:Grazing is done in the early morning and evening.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The blesbok was almost fully extinct until it became a protected species in Africa.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Africa Date:1966-12 Subjects:even-toed ungulate
Blesbok
Bontebok
Damaliscus
Bovidae
Artriodactyla
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata
Ruminants
Ungulates