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- SPECIES - South Africa Hunting

Blesbok

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Cape Eland

The Cape Eland, is a savannah and plains antelope found in East and Southern Africa. They are large animals with an adult male is around 1.6 m tall at the shoulder and can weigh...

The blesbok or blesbuck is an antelope endemic to South Africa.

 

It has a distinctive white face and forehead, which inspired the name. Bles is the Afrikaans word for a blaze such as one might see on the forehead of a horse.


Body colour is brown with a lighter-coloured saddle on the back, and the rump an even lighter shade. The legs are brown with a white patch behind the top part of the front legs. Lower legs are whitish. The neck and the top of the back of the blesbok is brown. Lower down on the flanks and buttocks, the coloring becomes darker. The belly, the inside of the buttocks and the area up to the base of the tail is white.

Physically, rams and ewes are remarkably similar. Both sexes carry horns, ringed almost to the tip. Female horns are slightly more slender.

Their mass can be as much as 85 kg.


Blesbok can be found in open veld or plains of South Africa and Namibia. Their preferred habitat is open grassland with water.

They often occupy relatively small territories of 2.5 to 6.0 acres in size.