African Antelope

Jet’s post features wonderful pics of African wildlife!

Jet Eliot

Oryx, Kenya Oryx, Kenya, Africa

There are 91 species of antelope in the world, and over 70 species live in Africa. Here’s a brief overview of a few favorites.

Hoofed mammals in the Bovidae family, antelope are herbivores with a keen sense of smell and hearing. They have long legs; and all males have horns, some females have horns too.

Male Kudu, Boswana, Africa Male Kudu, Botswana, Africa

Everything else about antelope varies among species.

Some are very small, like the duiker and steenbok at 12-16 inches (30-40 cm) tall. The largest antelope, the eland, is 5 feet tall (1.5 m) and weighs over 2,000 pounds (942 kg).

The horns, as you can see from the photos, vary widely among species.

Klipspringer, Botswana, Africa Klipspringer, Botswana, Africa

African antelope typically occupy the savanna, but there are species in different habitats too. The African Klipspringer, for example, lives in rocky mountainous areas.

We spotted this klipspringer leaping onto rocks about…

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