The Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus), is a small African antelope that is found from the Cape of Good Hope all the way up East Africa and into Ethiopia. Its name means “˜rock jumper’ in Afrikaans. It is also known informally as a myundla, which in Xhosa, means “˜rabbit’.
Reaching approximately 22 inches at the shoulder, Klipspringers are relatively small compared to their relative antelopes cousins. Only males have horns that are about 4 to 6 inches long. They stand on the tips of their hooves. They have such small feet that all four of its hooves can fit on an American dime at one time. With a thick and dense speckled “salt and pepper” patterned coat of an almost olive shade, Klipspringers blend in well with the rocky outcrops on which they can usually be found.
Klipspringers are herbivores, eating rock plants. They never need to drink, since the succulents they subsist on provide them with enough water to survive. The mating season for Klipspringers is from September through to January. The gestation period is about 214 days.