KLIPSPRINGER

KLIPSPRINGERAverage weight of male 15 kg (33lbs.) and female 18 kg (40 lbs.) Shoulder height averages at about 53 cm (21 in). They have a life expectancy of about 7 years.

IDENTIFICATION: They stand on the tips of their hooves and can fit all four hooves on a rock/cliff the size of a Canadian dollar coin. They have a dense, speckled coat of light brownish colour that blends in well with the rocky terrain where they live. They also have large black spots (tear marks) on the inner corners of their eyes.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE: Only the males have horns but the females are larger in body size.

HABITS: Klipspringers mostly occur in pairs (breeding pairs) and will pair for life. Grazes in the early morning and late afternoon , until dark. While the one is feeding, the other will be on the lookout for danger. A trademark is their statue like stance on a rock or cliff overlooking the area for danger. They are very agile rock climbers and very seldom wanders far away from their rocky habitat. Their coats are of a tube like fur that traps in air to protect them from extreme cold and heat.

BREEDING: Gestation period is about 7 and a half months after which a single young is born.

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