what to see / Steenbok

Introduction: The steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) is one of the most common species of antelope Namibia, partly due to the fact that during the dryer winter months it forages and rakes the ground, sometimes digging 'shoulder-deep' to excavate nutritious tubers, bulbs and roots that have a relatively high moisture content. Steenbok seek cover under taller trees and clusters of bushes and is often observed feeding in overgrazed fields and roadside verges. A characteristic of the steenbok is its pointed face, allowing access to a variety of thorny plants, without fear of laceration. Steenbok are often seen alone, in pairs or in small groups due to their highly organized territorial systems. Distribution: Throughout Namibia. Diet: Steenbok are able to survive independently of free water and is a highly selective browser of young leaves, flowers, fruits and shoot tips. Coloring: White under parts and buttocks blending into a reddish-brown coat. Breeding:... read more  Read More