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Antelope: Klipspringer

Unread postby Oumie » Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:01 am

In 1999 the TMNP started a klipspringer (oreotragus oreotragus) reintroduction programme. This tiny buck had been hunted to local extinction in the 1930’s.

The first introduction of 19 animals was into the enclosed Cape of Good Hope section of the Park in 1999. This herd has settled down well and has begun breeding.

The second release was the historic reintroduction of the klipspringer onto Table Mountain and Klawer Valley in October 2003.

CapeNature donated 25 klipspringer to TMNP and the Table Mountain Fund (TMF) funded VHF radio collars and a master’s study.

9 released onto the Back Table, 3 with VHF radio collars
13 released into Klawer Valley, 3 with VHF radio collars
3 released into Cape of Good Hope

Then in October 2005 CapeNature donated a further 10 klipspringer to the TMNP and the TMF came on board again and funded with more sophisticated GPS collars that are more suited to the mountainous terrain.

The klipspringer reintroduction programme is the subject of a master’s study.


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Unread postby CurtisDillon » Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:46 am

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We always see Klipspringer at this little hill. My SO and I have named it Klipspringer koppie! :lol:
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Re: Klipspringer

Unread postby bert » Sun Apr 23, 2006 4:54 pm

Penny wrote:I recently heard that Klipspringer have been placed on the endangered list of antelope due mainly to loss of habitat.


Such a shame
But i always find them near Nkumbe. Difficult to spot
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Unread postby Arie » Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:11 pm

Find the two 'cliffhangers'...

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Location: Karoo National Park - Rooivalle viewpoint
Date : 23 september 2005

Klipspringer meeting...
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Location: Augrabies Falls National Park
Date : 12 september 2005
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Unread postby Arie » Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:29 pm

bert wrote:Suppose its always two partners :?:


Suppose you're right, Bert. :?
In Kruger I've only seen pairs or singles but in both Karoo en Augrabies I've seen groups of 3 or 4, more than once. Maybe it's the more rocky habitat (and less bushy) in those two parks that allows for more animals in a smaller area.

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Unread postby Jose » Sun Apr 23, 2006 8:38 pm

Klipspringers are monogamous and extremely territorial.
A pair of klipspringers will almost never leave their range.
Their territories measure anywhere between approx. 10 and 50 hectares which they will defend with great ferocity.
Both sexes have pre-orbital glands, and territorial scent marking is done by both male and female.
Most groups are breeding pairs or family groups of a pair with their offspring of a particular year.
The average group size is 2.6.
Single klipspringers are almost without exception bachelor males.
Pairs stay relatively close together and while the female forages or nurses the young, the male is standing guard.
But in the dry season when food becomes scarce, several pairs may form small groups of up to 6 or 8 individuals.
After the rains start and more food becomes available, the pairs will each go their own way again.

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Re: Klipspringer

Unread postby Jose » Sun Apr 23, 2006 9:38 pm

Penny wrote:I recently heard that Klipspringer have been placed on the endangered list of antelope due mainly to loss of habitat. Interestingly enough we did not see one Klippie in 8 days in KNP recently which I found quite strange.

Where did you hear you that, Penny? As far as I know one of the reasons for the klipspringer's relatively secure position is its inhospitable habitat.
From what I have read, the only SA antelope added to the endangered list fairly recently, is the Oribi.
There is however a klipspringer subspecies - ssp. porteousi or Western klipspringer - that is in fact listed as endangered (IUCN Red List, category EN, criteria A1c and C1) but that one is only found in the Central African Republic and Nigeria.

Perhaps one of the experts from SANParks can confirm :?:

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Re: Klipspringer

Unread postby DebM » Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:47 am

Jose wrote:There is however a klipspringer subspecies - ssp. porteousi or Western klipspringer - that is in fact listed as endangered (IUCN Red List, category EN, criteria A1c and C1) but that one is only found in the Central African Republic and Nigeria

I have also read that the above subspecies is on the endangered list and that the "klipspringer" is low risk dependant upon habitat.

With regards to sighting in Kruger alway see a pair, occasionally more, on the rock below the bridge on the H4-1 not far from LS.
Did have quite a strange sighting of a Klipspringer with a herd of Impies by Girivana WH, Dec 2005.
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Unread postby DuQues » Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:39 am

Freda wrote:Found this one at the Olifants lookout in Nov 2005:

These two have been seen there a lot, probably the same:
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Posing, but almost impossible to get both on the photo in this case. They did not even look at us, and were less than 5 meters from the road. Coming from Olifants just before the Lookout point. This photo was made in 2004, but Madach and PhilQ have on later trips seen them there as well.
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Unread postby Salva » Mon Apr 24, 2006 3:47 pm

Saw one on the S39 last year.
Pulled over to have a better view.
A south African stopped and asked what I was looking at! I proudly pointed at my spot. "oooh a steenbokkie, he said and off he went..." :roll:

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Who was right? :wink:
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Unread postby Freda » Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:16 pm

I think you were :wink:
What long horns :shock:

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Unread postby Jose » Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:31 pm

And one from Mapungubwe:
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Unread postby zeedoc » Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:43 pm

There are a number of koppies where klipspringers can be found just after afsaal ( heading north ) - the weird ground cover is also worth taking a look at

Look out for the lone sentry klipspringers usually post to keep a look out for predators - can usually be seen on a prominent rock

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