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Blesbok

(Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi)

The blesbok’s distribution is restricted to South Africa. It was once one of the most abundant antelope species on the Southern African plains, but the species was almost hunted to extinction in the 19th century.  Males have S-shaped horns whilst the female’s horns are shorter and thinner. Their coat is a dull reddish brown with off-white legs and rump and a white facial blaze which gave them their name as ‘bles’ is the Dutch word for blaze.

Gestation period:

240 – 246 days

Threats to species:

Main threats to the Blesbok are hunting for consumption. 

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