COPPER SPRINGBOK

SPRINGBOK
Average weight of male 36 kg (80 lbs.) and the female 28 kg (60 lbs.) Shoulder height averages at about 74 cm (29 in). They have a life expectancy of about 10 years.

IDENTIFICATION: Dark tan-copper colour with a dark brown stripe on the flanks. The face is dark in colour with white on the bridge of the nose and white at the base of the tail. It is not a subspecies but a colour phase.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MALE AND FEMALE: Males are bigger and have thicker and longer horns.

HABITS: They inhabit the drier areas with enough grass and shrubs to feed on. They are both browsers and grazers and prefer grass, sprouts and leaves of shrubs. Sufficient moisture is achieved from the food they eat and they can go without water for very long periods. However will drink water when available. There are mixed herds, bachelor herds and female herds. During the time of birth, the mixed herds will split into nursing herds and bachelor herds.

BREEDING: A single young is born after a gestation period of +-6 months. The peak of birth normally synchronise with the rainy season. The females will hide the new born that will join the rest of the herd after about 3 weeks. Offspring stays with their mom until the birth of the next young.

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