Common / Grey Rhebok (Pelea capreolus)

Grey Rhebok (Pelea capreolus) Silhouette

Quick stats of the Grey Rhebok

  • Diet: - Herbivore
  • Shoulder Height: - 0.75 m
  • Weight: - Male - 22 kg
  • Weight: - Female - 21 kg
  • Lifespan


Grey Rhebok © TourSA

Grey Rhebok are often found grazing in small groups, on rocky hills or slopes and rocky plains in South Africa.

As the name suggests, it has a thick grey coat and white underbelly. It is easily seen by the white underneath its tail, which it holds up as it sprints away. Unlike the mountain reedbuck, the rhebok has straight horns which are parallel.

They are often seen resting during the heat of the day. Being grazers, they only eat grass, but they are not dependant on water to survive, as they get most of their moisture through grazing.

Thanks to its strong leap and speed, the rhebok stays out of reach of any possible predators such as leopards, cheetahs, jackals, caracals and eagles.

Herds are led by one dominant male. This male is highly territorial using a clicking noise as well as aggressive displays indicating his possession over his territory and females. Females have a gestation period of 8-9 months followed by the birth of a single lamb.

Other Names for the Grey Rhebok

  • Vaalribbok
  • Common Rhebok


Distribution map of the Grey Rhebok
Distribution map of the Grey Rhebok

Taxonomy of the Grey Rhebok

  • Order - Artiodactyla
  • Family - Bovidae
  • Sub Family - Reduncinae
  • Genus - Pelea
  • Species - Pelea capreolus

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