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Last updated on April 21, 2014 at 12:45 EDT

Blesbok

The Blesbok, or Blesbuck (Damaliscus dorcas phillpsi), is indigenous to South Africa. They can be found in open velds and open plains throughout South Africa. The preferred habitat is open grasslands with water. They are found in large numbers in all national parks with open grasslands. They were first discovered in the 17th century.

The neck and the top of the back of the blesbuck are brown. Lower down on the flanks and buttocks, the coloring becomes darker. They belly, the inside of the buttocks and the area up to the base of the tail are white. Blesbucks can be easily differentiated from other antelopes because they have a distinct white face and forehead. The legs are brown with a white patch behind the top part of the front legs, lower legs whitish. Horns of the blesbuck average 15 inches long. The average weight of a male blesbuck is 155 pounds. The female weighs about 135 pounds.

The Blesbok is a seasonal breeder. Rutting occurs during March to May. Births peak during November and December after a gestation period of about 240 days (8months). Females give birth to single calves.

Photo Credit: Rob Hooft

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