Steenbok… a small antelope.. common in South Africa…

Two posts in one day… sorry, but I had forgotten about these that I capture recently on a visit to the Kruger National Park and am so happy with them I just wanted to share….

The steenbok, (Raphicerus campestris), is a common small antelope of southern and eastern Africa. It is sometimes known as the steinbuck or steinbok.

Steenbok resemble small Oribi, standing 45–60 cm at the shoulder. Their coat is any shade from fawn to rufous, typically rather orange. The underside, including chin and throat, is white, as is the ring around the eye. Ears are large with "finger-marks" on the inside. Males carry straight, smooth, parallel horns 7–19 cm long. There is a black crescent-shape between the ears, a long black bridge to the glossy black nose, and a black circular scent-gland in front of the eye. The tail is not usually visible, being only 4–6 cm long.

Here are pictures of both sexes, taken in the Kruger National Park…

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30 thoughts on “Steenbok… a small antelope.. common in South Africa…

  1. They are gorgeous … gosh, look at those eyes!! Amazing shots. You definitely should be proud. I love how you post facts about the animals. So interesting. 😀

  2. How beautiful. You captured the soul in those eyes. Wow! What a gift you have for connecting to animals. I used to work at a school called Antelope. 🙂 Thank you for sharing such a divine and precious spirit of the antelope. 🙂

  3. Stunning again…I’m starting to sound like a broken record but you are so talented, and have so many wonderful subjects … I don’t’ think I’ve ever met an antelope!! Thank kyou BDS!!

  4. The photo’s are wonderful. They look very docile…(they have such innocent looking eyes) and the second to last one DOES look like he/she is having a good laugh!

    • I agree… I have been involved in catching a few of these for relocation out of mine areas… they actually cry like babies when caught… and those hooves are so sharp they will cut like a knife.. but they are so cute and innocent…

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