Blesbok

Blesbok Damaliscus phillipsi (ESB)

ClassMammalia
OrderArtiodactyla
FamilyBovidae
Size1.4–1.6m
Weight60–70kg
Gestation8 months
Birth1
Life-span20 years
Diet
herbivorous

Habitat
savannah

Range
South Africa


Both male and female blesboks have horns.
 
In the breeding season, males can so fight so violently that one of them gets killed.
 
Females give birth right in the middle of the herd. Newborns are able to follow their mother just a few minutes after being born.
 
In the 19th century the species was exterminated in a large area of its geographical range and the population fell to around 2,000. But thanks to protection initiatives, numbers have risen again to more than 200,000.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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