This is a featured article. Click here for more information. This article is about the antelope. Breeding takes place year-round, and peaks in the rainy season, 19 varieties of gazelle pdf forage is most abundant.
Springbok inhabit the dry areas of south and southwestern Africa. They are popular game animals, and are valued for their meat and skin. In fact, this physical feature distinguishes the springbok from true gazelles. 2007 phylogenetic study even suggested that the two form a clade sister to the gerenuk. Fossils have been reported from Pliocene, Pleistocene, and Holocene sites in northern, southern, and eastern Africa. The springbok is a slender antelope with long legs and neck.
Major differences in the size and weight of the subspecies are seen. A study tabulated average body measurements for the three subspecies. Another study showed a strong correlation between the availability of winter dietary protein and the body mass. Dark stripes extend across the white face, from the corner of the eyes to the mouth. A dark patch marks the forehead. In juveniles, the stripes and the patch are light brown. Typically light brown, the springbok has a dark reddish-brown band running horizontally from the upper foreleg to the edge of the buttocks, separating the dark back from the white underbelly.