SHARPE’S GRYSBOK

SHARPE’S GRYSBOKAverage weight of male 9 kg(19,5 lbs.) and the female about 10 kg (22 lbs.) Shoulder height averages at 50 cm (20 in). They have a life expectancy of +- 7 years.

IDENTIFICATION: Small antelope with a light reddish-brown coat with white speckles. The face, legs and throat do not have speckles. It has a short muzzle with a black stripe on it.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE: Only the male has horns that are short and stubby. The female is slightly larger than the male.

HABITS: Their habitat consists out of areas with thick undergrowth, rocky hills but also riverine shrubs. Mainly nocturnal, but may be seen in early mornings or late afternoons. Spend the hottest time of the day in protective cover of shrubs or tall grass. Will find them single or in pairs. They are extremely vigilant and timid and will run away at the slightest detection of anything unusual, and will keep running for quite a distance. Their diet consists out of grass, leaves, young sprouts, flowers and fruit.

BREEDING: A single young is born after a gestation period of +-7 months. The new born will stay hidden for about 60 days before joining the female.

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