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Antelope: Cape Grysbok

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Antelope: Cape Grysbok

Unread postby MarkWildDog » Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:42 pm

Cape Grysbok
(Raphicerus melanotis)

Mass: 10 kg.
Shoulder Height: 54 cm.
Tail length: 6 cm.
ID Pointers:
- Small.
- Rufous-brown upperparts.
- White flecking.
Main Predators:
1. Leopard
2. Caracal
3. Lion
4. Eagles
5. Honey Badger
6. Bat Eared Fox
7. Cape Fox
Horns: Only rams have horns which are short & smooth.
Length: 8-13 cm.

HABITAT:
Thick scrub-bush, mostly fynbos, scrub-covered sand dunes, wooded gorges, mountain slopes, along rivers, scrub covered hillsides & fringes of agricultural land.

BEHAVIOUR:
Mostly nocturnal. Mostly solitary. Rams are territorial, with non-overlapping ranges of 0,01-0,09 km2. Female territories overlap. Mark territories by large dung heaps, gland secretions on twigs & grass.

FOOD:
Mostly browsers.

REPRODUCTION:
A single lamb is born during birth peaks in summer and spring after a gestation of 6 months.

Source used:
- Field Guide to the larger mammals of Africa by Chris & Tilde Swart.

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:44 pm

Found in the following SANParks:
- Addo Elephant National Park.
- Wilderness National Park.
- Aghulas National Park.
- Bontebok National Park.
- Table Mountain National Park.
- West Coast National Park.
- Knysna National Park.

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Unread postby Boulder » Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:24 pm

The Cape Grysbok is very common around the area south and west of Grahamstown on farms but I have only seen 1 at Addo ....a few years ago at the bird hide when it was new. They loo very similar to the Sharpe's Grysbok in Kruger.
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:34 pm

On my guided bush walks, they are quite common, they are known to feed on human urine & poo. :roll: However they are very shy & skitish & difficult to photograph, the population on our bush walk area flounders between 2 & 5...

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Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:12 pm

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Photographed in the Eastern Cape in the Addo district, not in the park though.

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Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker

Unread postby Spotted Cat » Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:23 pm

GP - beautiful sighting :clap:
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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby arks » Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:55 pm

I saw this little bokkie along Darling Hills Road in October 2010. I saw it only for at the most a few seconds as it crossed the road and disappeared into the bush. At the time, I'd thought it was a steenbok, but now looking at my few pix (shot through the windscreen, hence the poor quality), I'm thinking that it may rather be a Cape grysbok, since the coat seems to be flecked and it lacks the ligher belly of the steenbok.

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread postby oddesy » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:07 am

Arks, I would agree with cape grysbok :thumbs_up:
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Re: Antelope: Cape Grysbok

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:18 am

Since no one else has posted a photo of the Cape grysbok, here's the one — my first! :dance: — that I saw on Darling Hills Road in October 2010. I saw it only at the most for a few seconds as it crossed the road and disappeared into the bush and my photo was shot through the windscreen, hence the poor quality.

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