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|This cute little antelope was jumping around on the rocks as we passed by. I think if our guide had not pointed it out we might have missed it as it really blends in with the rocks. It is the prey of leopards in the Entabeni game reserve - fortunately for it, unfortunately for us, that was the one major predator we did not see.|
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.
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It is not often that one see these beautiful antelopes moving about as they stand dead still the most of the times. I like the action in this image. I also like the inclusion of the environment. It is a great image. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.
Born and bred South African I am used to seeing Klipspringer on rare occasions and this must be my best view of it so far. They are very elusive indeed and not easy to spot. What a beauty! Well done.
- [2011-12-10 13:36]
É uma belíssima imagem com cores firmes e POV ótimo,bem apurado.Meus parabéns por esta bela captura.