Klipspringer

Latin Name
Oreotragus oreotragus stevensoni

Class
Mammals

Order
Artiodactyla

Description

A dwarf antelope species, klipspringers measure 20 inches in height and weigh an average of 24 pounds. Females are larger than males, but the males have a small set of pointed horns that can reach four inches in length.


 

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.



Bonus Content

A baby klipspringer behind the scenes at Regenstein African Journey.

Post from the President—Construction Continues
President and CEO Kevin Bell offers an update on the building of Regenstein Macaque Forest and introduces a baby klipspringer behind the scenes.

Klipspringer at Lincoln Park Zoo

What Happens After Hours? 
Most animals end their day after the guests leave, hunkering down for a well-earned night of sleep. But what about care for newborn animals and nocturnal species? We shed light on the zoo at night.

 


Lincoln Park Zoo Exhibit