Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris)

Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) Silhouette

Quick stats of the Steenbok

  • Diet: - Herbivore
  • Shoulder Height: - 0.51 m
  • Weight: - Male - 11.6 kg
  • Weight: - Female - 11 kg
  • Lifespan - 10 years


Steenbok male buck © S Jansen

Steenbok are generally found alone or in pairs scattered throughout the open bushveld in lightly wooded areas. They are widespread in southern Africa. Steenbok are browsers that are fairly selective in the vegetation they eat and at times they will also scratch around for bulbs and roots.

Steenbok Doe © S JansenThey are most active at dawn and dusk.
The Steenbok is a small fawn-coloured graceful antelope. They are slender-legged and with sharp-featured faces and their small body and colour blends well with their grassy habitat making them difficult to spot. Only the males have horns which are smooth, sharp pointed.

Steenbok are territorial animals. Their main breeding time is summer where a single calf is born after a gestation period of 5-6 months.

Other Names for the Steenbok

  • Steinbok


Distribution map of the Steenbok
Distribution map of the Steenbok

Taxonomy of the Steenbok

  • Order - Artiodactyla
  • Family - Bovidae
  • Sub Family - Antilopinae
  • Genus - Raphicerus
  • Species - Raphicerus campestris

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