Name: Oribi
Scientific Name: Ourebia ourebi

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Description

The Oribi is a small, graceful antelope with a long slender neck and pointed ears. The coat is a silky yellowish color, sometimes with a reddish tinge on the back, contrasting sharply with their pure white under parts.  The top part of their tail is black and there are black spots below the ears.  Only the males have horns.

Habitat

Open grassveld or floodplains in well watered areas, with or without scattered trees and shrubs. Found especially in areas with short grass and isolated patches of tall grass for shelter. Avoids large stretches of tall grass, woodland and dense bush.

Distribution

This antelope is highly sporadic in distribution; it occurs mainly in eastern, southern and western Africa, ranging from Nigeria and Senegal in the west to Ethiopia and Eritrea in the east and southward to Angola and the Eastern Cape (South Africa).

 

Size

Male oribi weigh 26 to 50 pounds and stand 20 to 26 inches at the shoulder.  They can run at speeds of 25 to 30 miles per hour. Only the males carry horns which average five inches in length.

Lifespan

In the wild, they can live up to 14 years, but 10-12 years is more common.

 

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