Typical of this species is the pronk (jumping display), which
led to its common name. Both sexes have horns but those of the
ram are thicker and rougher. This species has adapted to the
dry, barren areas and open grass plains and is thus found
especially in the Free State, North West province and in the
Karoo up to the west coast.
They are herd animals and move in small herds during winter, but
often crowd together in bigger herds in summer. They eat both
grass and leaves and can go without drinking-water, because they
get enough moisture from the succulent leaves. Where
drinking-water is available they will use it.
Springbuck stand 75 cm high and weigh about 40 kg. They breed
throughout the year and lambs are born after a 6-month gestation
Brownell, FG, Nasionale en Provinsiale Simbole. 1993.
Johannesburg: Chris van Rensburg Publications.
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