Grey Rhebok (Pelea Capreolus)
Ger: Rehantilope, rehbockchen
Fre: Rhebok gris, Pelea
The thick coat is soft and wooly. The upperparts are greyish brown. The underparts, ring around eyes and white patches on chin & muzzle. A dark, narrow stripe runs down the front of the legs. The tail has a white tip. Grey Rhebok are fast runners, reaching speeds of up to 60km/h.
Horns:Only rams carry horns. they are straight, long, thin & pointed. The horns are partially ridged at the base, with smooth tips. Length: 15-29cm.
In the Kruger, found in the suitable habitat of the Malelane Mountain bushveld.
Mostly diurnal, with activity peaks in the afternoon; least active during the hotter hours of the day. They form herds of up to 12 individuals, comprising of a dominant ram, and several ewes & their lambs.
Breed in the summer rainy season. A single lamb (rarely two), weighing 3kg, is born after a gestation period of 8,5 months. Ewes give birth in isolation, rejoining the herd after 1-2 weeks. The lamb is born in dense cover, and remains hidden for 6 weeks. It is weaned at 6-8 months.
Browse broad-leaved plants, forbs, roots, seeds & flowers, and graze sourveld grasses. The level of browsing increases during the dry season, whereas grazing increases in the wet season. Grey Rhebok are water independant, obtaining enough moisture from their food. They will however, drink when water is available.
Rocky Hills, hill plateaus, rocky mountain slopes, aswell as valleys & scrub savanna, all with good sourveld grass cover. Avoid tall grasslands. In the Kruger, found in the Malelane Mountain bushveld habitat.
Source: Field Guide to the mammals of the Kruger National Park - Heike Schutze
Has anyone seen Grey Rhebok in KNP. They are found in the Malelane / Berg-En-Dal Area.
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