Springbok [Antidorcas marsupialis]
The national rugby team of South Africa is still known as the Springboks.
Springbok in their hundreds of thousands roamed the arid regions of southern Africa at the time the first settlers arrived, but the herds were quickly decimated. The Springbok is the most abundant antelope in the central and western parts of South Africa. Some herds are still free roaming within some of its natural range, but most are now confined to farmlands and reserves.
Rams may weigh up to 50 Kg, and ewes only up to 37 Kg. Their striking body colour renders them easily recognizable. Shoulders appear lower than the hindquarters. Cinnamon coloured upper body, white under parts and a broad dark brown stripe on either flank stretching from the front legs to the rear legs. The short white tail is brown tufted. The rump is marked by a triangular-shaped white patch, framed by a dark brown stripe with the apex on the top of the hindquarters. Horns of ewes are more slender and shorter than those of rams.
Only rams establish territories for mating opportunities. The exception is territorial rams, which prefer to live in the solitude of their territories. Herd composition is flexible.
Beautiful captures. 🙂
Fascinating and graceful creatures. Truly an adventure!
Thank you again for the visit and nice comments… they are graceful and very special as a symbol for our rugby team…
The pictures are so wonderful, they just made me a part of their world 🙂
The springbok is so photogenic… they make it easy…
Gorgeous creatures, bdt. Love your photos. You captures their grace and beauty so perfectly. Die Bokke, are neither gorgeous, graceful nor beautiful, but they’re awesome creatures, nevertheless. 😆
I love the Springbok when the start to spring and dance with tails fluffed up… naturally they will never do it for me when I want them to….
Super photos BD !!! And I love your descriptions!
thank you… they are very special to this rugby loving country…
They are so beautiful and graceful looking.
Aren’t they just…
The only wild animals we have around here are squirrels, bunnies, deer, geese, ducks…nothing fun like what you get 😦 Great captures.
We are blessed with such beauty… I was out this morning capturing photos of the new born Zebra and Red Hartbees… the signs that spring has sprung… so good to see the young new born trotting alongside their mothers even though they’re only a few days old…
Wow! A blessing indeed. Can’t wait to see the baby stripes.
Beautiful shots bullldog. What distinct patterning and territories for mating? So interesting. You captured some lovely shots here…They look like they should be in a Disney movie ! xxoo Sending Love your way ~ RL
They are very unique in that way… and yet the colouring gives then such good camouflage no matter where you encounter them… now that you mention it yes a Disney movie type animal…
Beautiful animals and fantastic photos! They look so calm.
They are fairly tame these that I captured…
Go BOKKE 🙂 Laura
I agree “GO BOKKE”
These are beauties! They look very hearty and soft.
They are lovely animals… and are such good subjects to photo because of their colouring…
they seem soft..like the last photo a lot
Hiding away pretending we can’t see them…