Hunting Springbuck Copper


SPECIES: Antidorcas marsupialis

IDENTIFICATION:  A Springbuck is a medium-sized specie. The Copper Springbuck’s colour of the skin is that of a dark copper colour with a darkened stripe running down the side and has a very dark face. The skin fold on the back is usually closed but when the animal becomes excited, it opens, fanning a length of stiff dark hair. Both sexes have horns, the horns are a lyre-shape and are heavily ridged; the male’s horns are heavier and longer than those of the females.

SHOULDER HEIGHT: 78-84 cm

HABITAT: Dry savannas, sub-deserts, and deserts.

MASS: 36-50 kg

BREEDING: Springbuck breed all year-round, with birth peaks in the rainy season; 1 calf is born after a gestation period of 6-7 months (160 days).

DIET: Both browses and grazers. Roots, bulbs, short grass and leaves of various bushes are taken. Independent of water but will drink regularly when water is available.

CHARACTERISTICS: The Springbuck is the national emblem of the Republic of South Africa. They have good eyesight and are highly gregarious. When moving at speed, they will bounce into the air with a stiff-legged pronking action, during which the hooves are bunched. The Copper Springbuck is not a subspecies, but a colour phase of the South African Springbuck. Copper Springbuck were developed by selective breeding. It is the newest color phase and a very sought-after trophy for the serious collectors.

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