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Most colourful of the Hartebeest types of antelope. Dark brown with white blaze on front of face, white rump patch and belly, four long white socks and light brown saddle extending from shoulder to hips. Both sexes have horns which are more robust in the males. Prefers grazing to browsing. Occurs in small groups of animals which consists of females with young and a dominant ram. Other males will form bachelor groups.

 

 

Common Name

 

 

Latin name

 

 

Description

 

 

Similar species

 

 

 

Springbok

 

 

Antidorcas marsupialis

 

 

This is southern Africa’s answer to the Thompson Gazelle of East Africa and is the only gazelle present in Southern Africa. Fawny brown red with white

under-parts and belly

separated by dark brown/black flank stripe. Both sexes have small lyre shaped horns slightly thinner and less robust in the female. Black and white forms are bred by game breeders however it would be likely that these would only appear sporadically in the wild population and would be quickly preyed upon.

 

 

Possible to confuse with female of the Grants gazelle but they are not present in Southern Africa unless introduced by man.

 

 

Bontebok

 

 

Damalisus dorcas dorcas

 

 

Could only be confused with the very similar Blesbok which looks almost identical but lacks the white rump and white socks.

 

 

Blesbok

 

 

Damalisus dorcas phillipsi

 

 

Very similar to Bontebok but no white on rump and patchy white socks. The Blesboks white frontal blaze is normally broken by the outer brown colour around the eye region. Horns more open in their growth pattern than the Bontebok. Prefers grazing to browsing. Occurs in small groups of animals which consists of females with young and a

dominant ram. Other males will form bachelor groups.

 

 

 

Could only really be confused with the Bontebok.