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 Post subject: Antelope: Cape Grysbok
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 12:42 pm 
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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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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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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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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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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker
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Photographed in the Eastern Cape in the Addo district, not in the park though.


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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Blue Duiker
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Location: Where hippos, crocs and sharks meet ...
GP - beautiful sighting :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Cape Grysbok
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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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