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Reflections on Autumn

Date: 2006-08-15

by Dave Rushworth

It is often brief glimpses or incidents that leave the most indelible impressions on human minds. Springbok are so named because of the occasions they are observed ‘springing’. The name ‘trekbokke’ was used to describe the relatively few occasions they were observed migrating in aggregations of millions. The accounts of early observers (of ‘mega-herds’ three miles wide and three and a half days long - estimated at a density of twenty one thousand animals per acre) left an impression that is preserved in the name to this day.