Amazing animal facts about the Kipspringer


The Kipspringer (Afrikaans word meaning Rock Jumper), has well adapted hooves which allow it to jump from rock to rock without losing its footing.

 It marks its territory by depositing dung heaps and by rubbing the secretion from glands near its eyes onto vegetation.

Researchers have found an interesting relationship between the Klipspringer and the Red Rock Rabbit. A tick (Rhipicephalus arnoldi) that uses the rock rabbit as a host, finishes its lifecycle on the Klipspringer. The tick is attracted to vegetation marked by the klipspringer's facial glands and when the antelope returns to marks its territory, the tick climbs onto it.

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