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THE TINY, SHY, SCARCE, SHARPE’S GRYSBOK – Raphicerus sharpei Kruger National Park

Magriet Meintjes

TOLWE, South Africa

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THE TINY, SHY, SHARPE’S GRYSBOK – Raphicerus sharpei
CAPTURED: The Kruger National Park, SOUTH AFRICA

Sharp se grysbok of Tropiese grysbok

Camera: Nikon D50
2011/05/29 07:37:08.2
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D
Focal Length: 400mm
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/80 sec – F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 800

These are more common than the Cape grysbok, nevertheless, because of their shy, retiring and usually nocturnal habit, are little known!
The colour is a richer red than the Cape grysbok. There is a dark band extending from the rhinarium along the muzzle, which tapers and disappears at about the level of the eyes.
The eyes have a whitish ring and the sides of the face, from the rhinarium, are also whitish.
The preorbital gland is much smaller and the underparts are lighter than in the Cape grysbok.
Only males carry horns.
Sharpe’s grysbok will graze in the cool late afternoons and they are, therefore, prey to both nocturnal and diurnal predators, such as lion, leopard, caracal, large raptors, pythons and other.
LITTLE IS KNOWN OF THEIR REPRODUCTION HABITS. Probably only one lamb is produced.
FOOD: Mainly browsers on leaves and wild fruit, they will also eat tender new grass.
Shoulder height: 50cm
Mass: 9 kg
Gestation period: +/- 210 days
Horns: 10cm
Life expectancy: unknown

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