a klipspringer

a kind of animal – mammal – related to antelope – four-legged – grass-eating –  small stocky body with thick hard short hollow hair in grey, brown, yellow with ‘salt and pepper’ speckled pattern of olive green, and pale yellow or white under-side; small cone-shaped head with broad forehead, clear large eyes, long ears, short pointed muzzle (mouth and nose part), short spike-like horns (6 inches long mostly in males), short slender neck, 3-5 inches long tail; long slender legs with hooves; size: 2½-4 feet long, 1½-2 feet tall at the shoulder, and weighs 10-20 Kg. (female larger than male); feeds on juicy rock plants, flowers, green shoots and fruit; lives for 8-15 years; 12 species found from Ethiopia in East Africa to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

male ~~ ram

female ~~ ewe

baby ~~ lamb (calf (?))

group ~~ (flock (?))

voice (call) ~~ whistle, roar, hum (males)

Special Features:
“Klipspringer” in African language means ‘rock jumper’.  This name is very suitable name to this small antelope because it lives mostly in the rocky areas where it can jump from one rock or boulder to another with great ease!

Klipspringers do not need to drink water; they get the water they need from the juicy plants they eat.

The most amazing feature of the klipspringer is the way it walks on the tips of its hooves which have long, narrow soles and blunt rounded tips.  This hoof structure makes it possible for the klipspringer to walk on the rocks and steep rock faces with confidence.  It is like a dancer dancing on the toe-nails, instead of on her toes!

Another interesting thing about the klipspringer is that it brings in the front and back legs together in one spot when in a standing position, which, the experts believe, gives the klipspringer a stable standing position on the rocks where there is little even ground.

About the Author:BC Kumar

BC Kumar, an English Language Teacher, taught in numerous countries including Ethiopia, Oman and India, shares his knowledge and passion for the English Language. Disclaimer: This is a free educational website and all content has been compiled by the author. All copyrights to images and videos belong to their respective owners.

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