Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 1 of 3
 [ 42 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Antelope: Steenbok
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:52 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Dec 01, 2004 12:22 pm
Posts: 111
Location: belgium
I have read that before the
steenbok defecates or urinates, it will clear a spot, and then cover it up again afterwards by scraping
soil over it with its front hooves.

Do any other antelopes have this behaviour ?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:27 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 14, 2005 8:11 pm
Posts: 447
Location: Somewhere in the Bush
The steenbok is the only antelope that show this behaviour.
Feaces and urine is mixed with soil with the forefoot but not always burried.They have glands between the hooves which are used to mark home ranges and scent may be added when soil is mixed with the dung and urine.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: steenbok
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:33 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2005 9:55 pm
Posts: 769
As far as I know it's the only antelope that hides it's feaces like that. Sometimes instead of burying their feaces they defacate on other animals feaces. The smell of their feaces is then camouflaged by the other animals feaces.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2005 8:51 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:16 pm
Posts: 57
Location: JHB
pawing and use of middens is common in the "dwarf antelopes" as means of territory marking pawing can occur before/during/after defecation/urination. whether the other species actually cover up i am not sure about.

cheers
mike


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Steenbokkie?
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 8:50 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 20, 2005 8:48 am
Posts: 864
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Image
{Resized by BGS}

_________________
Operation "Duke" Member

Being African is not determined by race, but by what's in your heart


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:25 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:16 pm
Posts: 57
Location: JHB
pic of steenbok

Image
{Resized by BGS}

cheers
mike

_________________
The popular argument for destroying rather than protecting snakes is lack of knowledge, and yet there is no valid excuse for this - Austin James Stevens


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2005 10:37 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 20, 2005 8:48 am
Posts: 864
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Image
{Resized by BGS}

_________________
Operation "Duke" Member

Being African is not determined by race, but by what's in your heart


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:41 am 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 07, 2005 3:06 pm
Posts: 174
Location: Nelspruit
Has anyone ever given thought as to why the small antelope species are solitary or inpairs, and as the size scale of the antelope species increaases, so the size of their social groupings also increase - sol steenies, duikers etc are solitary or in pairs, nyalas are up to groups of 5 or 6, kudu up to ten or twelve, sable up to 20 odd, eland up to a hundred and the largest of the bovines, buffalo up to a few hundred?

Well, it is related quite simply to the ratio of the animals surface are to volume. Small antelopes have a large surface area relative to their volume. That means that they lose a lot of body heat from this relatively large surface area. As a result, they have a very high metabolism to maintain a constant body temperature. A high metabolism requires that they eat energy rich foods - fruit, seeds, new shoots etc. These types of food are rare and scattered in a habitat, and living as a group would result in too much competition for food. As a result they live alone or in pairs in a well defended territory. They protect their territory from intruders because food is so scarce. As the size scale of the antelope increases, so the surface area to volume ration reduces. Therefore larger antelopes have lower metabolisms, and require lower energy foods. Lower energy foods such as leaves and grass are more readily available, and as a result the antelope can live in larger groups without competing excessivley for food. Larger groups obviously are a benefit from predators. This trend increases right up to the buffalo (not an antelope, but a bovine nonetheless). The buffalo has a relatively low metabolism which it satisfies with coarse, nutrient poor grass. This type of food is so abundant that the buffalo can live in large herds of several hundred.Also, because there food is so abundant, they do not need to protect it and are therefore not territorial but occupy a range which they will share with other buffalo herds.

_________________
A Leopard in a Fevertree, one day......


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 7:08 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jul 26, 2006 10:48 am
Posts: 44
More pictures of the Dainty Steenbok

Image

Image
{Resized by BGS}


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 9:07 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:43 am
Posts: 99
Another :lol:

Image
{Resized by BGS}


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:55 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 12, 2005 3:12 pm
Posts: 427
Location: Denmark
Image
{Resized by BGS}

Seen on the S90

_________________
KTP: November 2014
KNP: March 2015


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:45 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:27 pm
Posts: 8
Crocodile Bridge Area 15/10/2006

Image
{Resized by BGS}


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 4:22 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2005 3:54 pm
Posts: 217
Location: A little village in Gaul
Might be old news, but I see this has been discussed in this topic as well:
Anja wrote:
Elsa wrote:
My Mammal guide suggests that it is only the Steenbok that digs "scrapes".

Thanks, Elsa!
...I bought the book "Beat about the bush" (Trevor Carnaby) at the airport. This is what I found: "Steenbok is the only local antelope to generally bury its urine and dung...."

We've been told on a night drive that the reason why the steenbok actually buries its urine and dung is because they're very territorial (in a relatively small area). So they have to bury their dung because if the lions/leopards find it, they would become very easy prey as the carnivores would know just to hang around in their territory until they show up.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:04 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:33 pm
Posts: 2181
Steenbokkie
Image
{Resized by BGS}


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2006 5:36 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Nov 04, 2005 11:03 am
Posts: 167
Location: Marloth,is where i want to be.
We saw a steenbokkie pair busy with a "mating dance". The male was was tapping her on her back legs with his fore leg. She started doing a "break dance" jumping all over the place and he just stood and watch, and as soon as she stopped he started tapping again. It was a hilarious and fascinating to watch.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 42 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Ang at 05:07:35 Submitted by Trrp-trrrrrrrr at 15:39:35 Submitted by Anonymous at 15:50:48 Submitted by Ellies at 22:08:47