Common Springbuck

IDENTIFICATION: A medium sized gazelle, very graceful and handsomely patterned with a long fold of skin on its back. The general color of the skin is khaki beige with distinct dark-brown stripes on the flanks above the white belly. The face is white with dark stripes running from the eyes to the mouth. The skin fold on the back is usually closed but when the animal becomes excited, it thrusts it open fanning a length of stiff white hair. Horns: Both sexes have horns.

DISTRIBUTION: Southern Africa.

HABITAT: Open dry grasslands and Savannah. Avoids mountains, woodland and tall grass.

HABITS: Both a grazer and a browser. Gregarious; usually forms large herds. There are mixed herds, bachelor herds and territorial males. Mixed herds split into nursing herds and new bachelor herds during the lambing season. Territories are maintained by showing-off displays and marking with dung heaps; territories are not occupied for the full year. Feeds in the early morning and late afternoon.

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: The Springbuck is the national emblem of the Republic of South Africa. In the past Springbuck were famed for their mass migration in search of fresh vegetation after the rains. These migration Springbuck were referred to as “Trek Bokke”, the Dutch term for traveling buck, sometimes numbering hundreds of thousands. They moved in such numbers and packed masses that any other animals encountered were trampled to death or forced to join in the migration. These migrations left the land devastated and at times resulted in huge losses from starvation and disease or lack of water. Similar migrations to a smaller extend still happen today in certain areas. The trophy quality lies within the width of the basses, the overall length and the hooks/curls on the tips. A great trophy to hunt while on safari and a must for any collector interested in collecting all four Springbuck color variations.

  • Ave Age of Mature Rams: +/- 4 Years
  • Ave Weight of Mature Rams: +/- 75 Pounds
  • Hunting Permit Required: Hunting License
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