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Klipspringer Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Oreotragus oreotragus stevensoni
  • Class

  • Order

  • 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.


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