Springboks jump in great leaps for sheer joy of life and playfulness. This typical, high leaping is called "pronking", a stiff-legged posture with its back bowed and the head down to the feed.
|food||grass, leaves, fresh sprouts from bushes, roots|
|size||shoulder height up to 90 cm|
|weight||20 - 45 kg|
|breeding time||165 - 180 days|
|lifetime||in captivity up to 20 years|
|Living in a mixed enclosure with||Rothschild's giraffe|
|Size, weight, breeding time and lifetime are approximate values and may vary from animal to animal.|
Springboks prefer open spaces, easily surveyed, and avoid tall grass. Since Springboks feed on a wide variety of plants they live in large herds. This leads to many hierarchy fights among the males during rutting.
Leaps of joy
The word ‘marsupialis’ in the Latin name Antidorcas marsupialis means something like pouch. This name is derived from the pouch on their back and hind quarters. They are able to open it like a bag and spread the bristles inside. This is most often done in a state of excitement accompanied by long high leaps. Other members of the herd will follow this example.
Springboks live in the southern parts of Africa on farms, in National Parks and the South African deserts. They are very mobile and cover large distances in their wanderings. This is why they are called ‘treckbokken’ (wandering bucks) in Afrikaans.
Springboks can survive on the water contained in plants. When all water holes are dried out, they simply eat fleshy, thick-leafed plants and even dig for roots with their front hooves.