Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus)

Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) Silhouette

Quick stats of the Klipspringer

  • Diet: - Herbivore
  • Shoulder Height: - 0.6 m
  • Weight: - Male - 11.7 kg
  • Weight: - Female - 14 kg
  • Lifespan - 9 years


Klipspringer © TourSA

Translated from Afrikaans, the name means 'rock-jumper'. Klipspringer are well adapted to living amongst rocky habitats and browse on the shrubs and trees found in these habitats. They are widely distributed, but are not often seen.

They are fairly small animals with a yellowish-grey coat. Only the males have short, straight, upward-pointing horns. They leap fearlessly from boulder to boulder with nimble ease as they have well adapted hooves which allow them to jump without losing their footing.

Klipspringers are usually found singly or in pairs. Following a gestation period of 5 months, a single lamb is born which remains hidden for the first 3 months of its life.


Other Names for the Klipspringer

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Distribution map of the Klipspringer
Distribution map of the Klipspringer

Taxonomy of the Klipspringer

  • Order - Artiodactyla
  • Family - Bovidae
  • Sub Family - Antilopinae
  • Genus - Oreotragus
  • Species - Oreotragus oreotragus

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