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Antelopes

Antelopes

The word antelope has been used to describe a wide variety of horned mammals in the Family Bovidae.

There are 91 different species of antelopes.

They live in Africa, Asia, Middle East and North America.

The antelope is found in a wide range of habitats: savanna, woodlands, marshes and swamps, rain forests, steppes, and desert.

They typically have a light, elegant figure, are slender, have graceful limbs, small cloven hoofs and a short tail.

Antelopes are known to be herbivores, meaning that they primarily eat grass. However, they have been known to eat shots and seeds as well.

They live in large herds, to better protect themselves against predators.

They have very well developed senses, which help them detect predators from long distances. This, coupled with their speed, gives them plenty of time to escape from even some of the fastest predators.

Some antelopes are known to reach speeds of up to 43 miles per hour. However, the largest antelopes, the Eland, are the slowest, due largely to their massive size.

Male antelopes are called “bucks.” Female antelopes are called “does.” Young antelopes are called “calves.
Antelopes vary a lot in size and shape. Big antelopes, like the Eland, are 6 foot tall and can weigh up to 1450 pounds, while the small antelopes, like the Royal, are about 10 to 12 inches in height.

Antelopes don’t regrow their horns annually. In fact, their horns grow continuously throughout their life.

Their bony horns vary in both shape and size. Some are straight while others are spiral or curved or even twisted.

Antelopes use their horns to fight against other antelopes during mating season or to protect themselves, or their herd, from many predators.

While horns are the norm for all male antelopes, some female antelopes also have them. Specifically, the larger antelopes like the Eland or Roan.

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