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A bouncy springbok, South Africa 06 Dec 2016

Posted on 06 Dec 2016
A bouncy springbok, South Africa
A bouncy springbok, South Africa
A bouncy springbok, South Africa

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The springbok is the southern equivalent of the related East African “Tommy” (Thomson’s gazelle). Both species have pale brown upperparts separated from a white belly by a broad black horizontal stripe, small, upright near-parallel horns, and – when threatened – tend to bounce around stiff-legged, a type of behaviour known as pronking. Sadly, the migrating herds of hundreds of thousands of springbok are a thing of the past, but small herds remain common in the arid northwest of South Africa.

Get a chance to encounter springboks, giraffes, zebras and a myriad of other animals by booking a safari at the Aquila game reserve, part of our South Africa: Cape Peninsula to Victoria Falls trip

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