Klipspringer in exhibit

Klipspringer

Scientific Name

Oreotragus oreotragus

Class

Mammalia

Order

Artiodactyla

Range

Central and eastern Africa

Habitat

Rocky habitats, such as mountains and river gorges

Estimated Wild Population

Less than 42,000
Klipspringer in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern IUCN Conservation Status: Lower Risk - Least Concern

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Physical Description

Klipspringers are dwarf antelopes measuring 20 inches in height and weighing an average of 24 pounds. Females are larger than males, but males have a small set of pointed horns that can reach four inches in length. These grazing mammals eat grasses, leaves, buds, and fruit found in their rocky habitat. They typically live in small family groups composed of a breeding pair and their young offspring. After breeding, females give birth in a rocky alcove, where offspring remain protected from predators for two to three months.

Interesting Fact 1

Klipspringers mark their territory with small scent-producing glands on their face.

Interesting Fact 2

Their hooves have a rubbery texture in the center, which helps them grip rock, and a sharp outer edge that keeps them firmly planted.

Interesting Fact 3

Males wrestle with their horns to compete for females.

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