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Species: Oreotragus oreotragus
The Klipspringer, Oreotragus oreotragus, is a small species of African antelope.
The word klipspringer literally means "rock jumper" in Afrikaans/Dutch. The klipsringer is also known colloquially as a mvundla (from Xhosa "umvundla", meaning "rabbit").
Reaching approximately 58 cm (22 inches) at the shoulder, klipspringers are relatively small animals compared to some of their larger antelope cousins. They stand on the tips of their hooves and can fit all four hooves on a piece of cliff the size of a Canadian dollar coin. Male klipspringers have horns that are usually about 10–15 cm (4–6 inches) long. Female klipspringers in Eastern African populations also have horns.
With a thick and dense speckled "salt and pepper" patterned coat of an almost olive shade, klipspringers blend in well with the kopje (rock outcrops, pronounced "kah-pee") on which they can usually be found.
It is preyed upon by leopards, caracals and eagles.
Klipspringers are herbivores, eating plants that grow in mountainous habitats and rocky terrain. They never need to drink, since the succulents they subsist on provide them with enough water to survive.
Kilpspringers do not live in herds but rather in breeding pairs. Klipspringers mate for life and a mated pair will spend most of their lives in close proximity to one another. When one klipspringer is eating the other will assume lookout duty, helping to keep the pair aware of any predators.
The mating season for klipspringers is from September through January. The gestation period is about 214 days.
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Nice image of this breeding pair. I hope you don't mind but I did a little photo shop on your photo just to lighten it a bit and I used the Neat Image programme to remove some of the noise. Hope you like it. I'm always fascinated by the way they stand on the tips of their hooves on the rocks. Well done and tfs.
Perfect point of view. Interesting animals and place. Great composition.
Thanks for sharing,
- [2011-10-16 9:31]
Une grande scène que vous avez photographié.
Belle composition dans une bonne lumière.