Baby Food Inspector by Lisa G. Putman
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Bontebok ~ Damaliscus pygargus

The adult Bontebok went on seconds later to knock the dry leaf out of the baby’s moth. I guess the baby didn’t need the junk food deprived of nutrition.

The Bontebok is an antelope found in South Africa and Lesotho. The Bontebok has two subspecies; the Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus), occurring naturally in the Fynbos and Renosterveld areas of the Western Cape(and which is an endangered species), and the Blesbok (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi) occurring in the highveld.

The Bontebok stands 80 to 100 centimetres at the shoulder and weighs 50 to 90 kilograms. The Bontebok is a chocolate brown colour, with a white underside and a white stripe from the forehead to the tip of the nose, although there is a brown stripe across the white near the eyes in most Blesbok. Bontebok also has a distinctive white patch around its tail (whence the Latin name), while this patch is light brown/tan in Blesbok. The horns of Bontebok are lyre-shaped and clearly ringed they are found in both sexes and can reach a length of half a metre.

Blesbok live in highveld where they eat short grasses, while Bontebok are restricted to coastal Fynbos and Renosterveld (Skead 1980). They are diurnal, though they rest during the heat of the day. Herds contain only males, only females or are mixed and do not exceed forty animals for Bonteboks or seventy for Blesboks.

Bontebok are not good jumpers but they are very good at crawling under things. Mature males form territories and face down other males in displays and occasionally combat.

Bontebok were once extensively killed as pests, and were reduced to a wild population of just seventeen animals, but the species has since recovered. Blesbok are extinct in their natural habitat but they have increased in population to the point where they are now very abundant and avidly farmed, because they are popular quarry for hunters and are easy to sustain.


Comments

  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 6 years ago

    Lovely photo

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic catch Lisa! Such an interesting write up too. I’m sure the Endangered Species group would find this interesting. I’m glad to hear thay have made a comeback from what sounds like a near extinction.

  • dc witmer
    dc witmerabout 6 years ago

    perfect title, cute little guy

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 6 years ago

    Great capture Precious Hus Tom

  • Hagen
    Hagenalmost 5 years ago

    Nice

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