Steinbuck, Nxai Pan National Park - Botswana (3270)

Little Devil – August 2010

Shot of the Month – August 2010

 Steinbuck, Nxai Pan National Park - Botswana (3270)

Ok, all together now, “awwwwwl.”  Yes, he is very cute.  This image is a crowd favorite, especially among mothers.

This diminutive antelope goes by a myriad of names, or at least spellings.  Steinbuck.  Steinbok.  Steenbuck.  Steenbok.  You get the idea.

Steinbuck stats:

  • They only reach 18-24 inches in height at the shoulder and weigh in at about 25 pounds.
  • They can go long periods of time without drinking water since they get most of the moisture they need from the plants they eat.
  • Steinbuck live in two distinct clusters.  In East Africa they can be found in southern Kenya and Tanzania.  In Southern Africa they can be found in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, where this photo was taken.
  • When in trouble, like when fleeing the attack of African Wild Cats, Caracals, Jackals, Leopards, Marital Eagles, and Pythons, Steinbuck can take refuge in old Aardvark burrows.  They also use the burrows to raise their young.
  • Steinbuck live alone though there is some evidence that they may live in monogamous pairs.
  • Only the males have those straight, narrow horns.

So next time you are out in the bush remember to look down – a Steinbuck just might be afoot.

 

Until next month…:-)