SPRINGBOK (Antidorcas marsupialis)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 14” (35.56 cm)
SCI: 30 points

Track:
2” (51 mm) x 1 3/8“ (35 mm)

Average mass:
77 lb (35kg)

Average shoulder height:
29” (74 cm)

Record:
19 3/8” (49.22 cm)
45 1/8 points

Suggested calibers:
.270, any 7 mm or .30 cal.
Bow:
50 lb Compound with fixed broad head

Distribution

The Republic of Southern Africa, Angola, Botswana and Namibia.

Identification

Distinct dark brown stripes on the flanks above the white belly. White face with dark stripes from the eyes to the mouth. Male and female have horns.

Differences between male and female:

The male is slightly heavier than the female with longer horns.

Habitat

Prefers dry, open grass- and shrub veld and dry river-beds. Important requirements are sufficient plants to feed on, bushes that are not too high and dense which block their movements and view. They tend to avoid mountains, woodland and tall grass.

Habits

Gregarious. Usually form small herds. There are mixed herds, bachelor herds and territorial males. Mixed herds splint into nursing herds and new bachelor herds during the lambing season. Territories are maintained by showing-off displays and marking with dung heaps, but are not occupied for the entire year. Grazes in the early morning and during late afternoon. Bucks when chased.

Food

Grass, sprouts and leaves of Karoo bushes and other herbs. Subsists without water, but drinks when available, even stagnant water.

Vocalization

Low-pitched, grumbling bellow. Whistling snort when upset.

Breeding

A single young is born at any time of the year, peaking in rainy season, after a gestation period of approximately 6 months.

Age

The Springbok has a lifespan of approximately 10 ears.