OPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR & FREE

Location, Hours & Directions

OPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR & FREE

Location, Hours & Directions

Klipspringer Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Oreotragus oreotragus stevensoni
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Artiodactyla
  • Range

    The klipspringer can be found in central and eastern Africa from Ethiopia to South Africa.

  • Status

    Common. Lincoln Park Zoo cooperatively manages klipspringer populations with other institutions in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    This dwarf antelope species prefers rocky habitats, such as mountains and river gorges.

  • Niche

    This grazing species eats grasses, leaves, buds and fruits found in its rocky habitat.

  • Life History

    Klipspringers typically live in small family groups composed of a breeding pair and their young offspring. The species is territorial, marking its territory with small scent-producing glands located on the face. Males can use their horns to wrestle for mates. After breeding, the female bears her young in a rocky alcove, where the offspring will remain for two-three months to be protected against predators.

  • Special Adaptations

    Klipspringers' hooves have a rubbery texture in the center that helps them grip rock, and the tough, sharp outer edges keep them firmly planted.

Logo

Sign Up for ZooMail Weekly

Get the latest on upcoming events, new arrivals and more!

All Content © Lincoln Park Zoo.

2001 North Clark Street • Chicago, IL 60614 • 312-742-2000

2001 North Clark Street • Chicago, IL 60614 Get Map/Directions Call 312-742-2000

During Chicago Air & Water Show on August 19-20, zoo parking lot spaces, if available, are $50 per vehicle for day-of entry.