Sharpe’s Grysbok, Raphicerus sharpie
Sharpe’s grysbok (Raphicerus sharpie), also known as the northern grysbok, is native to southeastern Africa. Its range includes the Caprivi Strip in Namibia, Botswana, and Malawi, among other areas. This antelope prefers a habitat within fertile areas and low slopes within its range, but can be seen in rocky areas. It has been known to shelter within aardvark burrows a well as tall grass. Sharpe’s grysbok has been given a conservation status of “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
Sharpe’s grysbok is close in size to the grey duiker, although body structure and coloring differs between the two species. Sharpe’s grysbok can reach an average height of twenty inches at the shoulder, and can weigh up to 25.3 pounds. Its fur is burnished red, with white fur appearing throughout the coat. White fur also occurs on the neck, around the eyes and mouth, and on the underbelly. Males display short, stumpy horns.
Although the home range of Sharpe’s grysbok is relatively large, it is not often seen. Meetings between males and females are brief. When threatened, this antelope will flee as quickly as possible, accompanying the pace with short leaps and stomps. Unlike Steenbok, Sharpe’s grysbok will not turn around while fleeing to assess danger. Its diet consists of plant materials like buds, herbs, leaves, and fruits. During drier seasons, these antelope will eat tough vegetation using its adapted teeth to chew the food.
Image Caption: Sharpe’s Grybok, krüger national Park, Südafrika Raphicerus sharpei. Credit: Masteraah/Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 2.0)