Springbok.. Spring = Jump; Bok = antelope or goat..

Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) or Springing Goat..

This antelope has a special meaning to most South Africans.. it used to be the emblem worn by all our sportsmen and women…

An antelope that can reach speeds of 100 km/h (62 mph), leap 4 m (13 feet) into the air and jump a distance of up to 15 m (50 feet) has to be what our sports people are all about..

It stands about 70 to 90 cm (28 to 35 in) high. Springbok males weigh between 32 and 48 kg (71 and 110 lb.) and the females between 25 and 35 kg (55 and 77 lb.). Not that big an antelope..

When the male springbok is showing off his strength or to attract a female, or maybe to ward off predators, he starts off in a stiff-legged trot, jumping up into the air with an arched back every few paces and lifting the flap along his back. Lifting the flap causes the long white hairs under the tail to stand up in a fan shape, which in turn emits a strong scent of sweat. This ritual is known as stotting or pronking from Afrikaans meaning to boast or show off.

Rams are slightly larger than ewes, and have thicker horns; the ewes tend to have skinnier legs and longer, more frail horns.

When feeding the ewes will sometimes leave the young in a crèche.. It was while shooting one such crèche, that I noticed how long the ears are of a springbok really are.. once the horns grow it seems to be less obvious… shame, talk about “Big ears” and “Noddy”, he had nothing on these little buck…

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67 thoughts on “Springbok.. Spring = Jump; Bok = antelope or goat..

  1. This animal expresses the Olympic spirit “Swifter, Higher, Stronger.” I bet few predators manage to catch these animals.

  2. Springboks are such wonderful animals, and that emblem was so fitting for our sportsmen and women. It was such a great pity that it was done away with. 😦 Lovely photos again. Happy weekend to you and yours.

  3. The ears are so unusual.They are a very graceful looking animal, too. I’ve only seen them in zoos, and never in a very large creche. That was new information to me–calling their grouping a creche. You captured some wonderful photos, Rob!

    • Thank you so much… the one herd we came upon contained a few hundred adults.. they were lying in the shade both sides of the creche with the youngsters.. almost as a protecting block both sides… yet all the young were together… beautiful to see…

  4. Oh my ~ amazing captures bd! Those ears are just incredible… and the face so adorable and sweet! x ps: thank you so much for more detail on lemon juice – will work on it this weekend 🙂

  5. Bob … what can I say here … photos are so good – that last photo … what a gallery. They are so beautiful, never thought about how long their ears really are ….

  6. They are beautiful. I’ll have to check my Botswana photos and see if we saw any. There are a few animals I haven’t identified yet.

  7. Awwww..they are so adorable and those long ears are so cute! These are gorgeous photo’s bulldog. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Thank you Sonel… never before have I looked at the length of the ears… the horns seem to disguise them… but the youngster certain show them…

    • Maralee it is something to see not easy to capture on camera.. as they seem to know you’re pointing at them and stop or change direction when you least expect…

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