Etosha – Springbok

The last weekend of October was a ”midterm break” for Saga and Hanna and a good opportunity for the family to go to Etosha, Namibia’s famous national park in the northwest of Namibia.

Etosha is home to 114 mammal species. With a number of several thousands the Springbok is the most common of them.

Springboks are quite small, between 70 and 88 cm tall at the shoulder. They weigh between 25 kg for a small female and up to 50 kg for a big male. They are coloured in white, reddish/tan and brown.

Sprinboks live in South Africa, Botswana and most of Namibia. They are well adopted for a life in the dry areas, grasslands, bushveld and deserts. They eat grasses and succulent plants . The water found in their food is enough for them to live long periods without drinking water. There are even reports of extreme cases where Springboks did not drink any water throughout their life.

Two hundred years ago, before the farms and fences, there were days when millions of Springboks formed herds that were hundreds of kilometres long. These are the largest herds of mammals ever witnessed. Today Springbok is one of the few antelopes having an expanding population. The Springboks form separate male and female herds with a territorial male guarding over the female herd.

The springbok is very vigorous. They can reach running speeds of up to 90 km/h, can leap 3,5 meters high or do longjump up to 15 m. When they are nervous or excited the do repeated high leaps up to 4 meters. There are different theories on why they do this.

I like the Springbok. It is a very beautiful animal.

And with those eyes, who can blame my daughters for wanting to bring one back home.

(Source of information: Wikipedia)

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