The Bontebok is an antelope found in South Africa and Lesotho. The Bontebok has two
subspecies; the Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus), occurring naturally in the Fynbos
and Renosterveld areas of the Western Cape, and the Blesbok (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi)
occurring in the highveld.
The Bontebok stands 80 to 100 centimetres at the shoulder and weighs 50 to 90 kilograms. The
Bontebok is a chocolate brown colour, with a white underside and a white stripe from the
forehead to the tip of the nose, although there is a brown stripe across the white near the eyes in
most Blesbok. Bontebok also has a distinctive white patch around its tail (whence the latin
name), while this patch is light brown/tan in Blesbok. The horns of Bontebok are lyre-shaped and
clearly ringed they are found in both sexes and can reach a length of half a metre.
Blesbok live in highveld where they eat short grasses, while Bontebok are restricted to coastal
Fynbos and Renosterveld (Skead 1980). They are diurnal, though they rest during the heat of the
day. Herds contain only males, only females or are mixed and do not exceed forty animals for
Bonteboks or seventy for Blesboks.
Bontebok are not good jumpers but they are very good at crawling under things. Mature males
form territories and face down other males in displays and occasionally combat.
Bontebok were killed as pests and were reduced to seventeen animals in the wild but have
recovered. Blesbok are extinct in their natural habitat but they have increased in population to the
point where they are now farmed.
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