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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Suni
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Of COURSE a good sighting - grysbok are one of my favourite buck. I always enjoy seeing them. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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This little Sharpe's allowed us to get very close, thinking that if it stood very still, maybe we would not see her

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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Aat, Jock ... great pics of a generally shy animal! :clap: :clap:
Where did you see yours, Jock?

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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Thanks OWN, I could not believe it when she stood still as we came back to photograph her. This one was on the S99 Mahonie Loop by Punda Maria. We saw 5 that day which also included lion and the caracal kittens.

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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Is a sharpe's grysbok and a tropical grysbok the same antelope with two names or are they two different animals??

Yes, it's the same thing. It is also known as a Northern Grysbok. I actually prefer the name Tropical Grysbok or Northern Grysbok as it seems to be more meaningful names than simply naming the animal after a person.

I'm not even sure whom it was named after because the species was described by Oldfield Thomas in 1897, not by someone named Sharpe.

There are only two species of Grysbok in the world, Cape Grysbok of course being the other one. In fact some authorities consider Northern Grysbok to be no more than a subspecies of Cape Grysbok or Southern Grysbok.

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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I had a great sighting of this beautifull antelope near babalala last december :D

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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Would these guys be seen on Orpen cam or is this out of their range? Thanks :D

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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Tom, I have never before heard of them in this area, the furtherest South I have heard of them lately is in the Orpen Dam area and that is pretty unsual.
Why do you ask?

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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Tom, I've had three sightings along the Timbavati and two near Gudzani Dam (near Satara), so I think it's possible...

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They are quite common in areas near Phalaborwa, so I am sure they will be seen near Orpen as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:29 pm 
Hallo, Tom124!

Just interestingly, the grysbok and the steenbuck don't really do the waterhole-drinking thing, in my experience!

Unless there is a very dry spell they get their moisture from other sources, or so it is said! :thumbs_up:


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Thanks RP :thumbs_up: I assume they get them from roots or tuberous plants?

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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Hey all :D

I have seen one on the Maroela loop near Skukuza, so there is definately the possibility that it could occur in the Orpen area. Was very surprised when we saw it (Sept 2008), as I had always thought it occurred in the north only!

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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I have photos of the Sharpe's Grysbok, but due to work website restrictions am unable to post them. If somebody would be kind enough to pm me their email address, I will be happy to forward the two pics onto you and ask that you post them for me.

For those of you that know the road, the sighting was just after crossing the dry riverbed, heading in the Skukuza direction.

OWN, we were also baffled and had thought that it was an odly sized and coloured Steenbok, but on inspection of our mammal book, we got the Sharpe's Grysbok ID.

Was very chuffed with the sighting!

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 Post subject: Re: Antelope: Sharpe's Grysbok
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Here are Patto's Sharpes Grysbok pics

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