Amazing animal facts about the Springbok

Springbok

The springbok can cover well over 5m (16.5 ft) in one jump.

 When the springbok is alarmed or excited it pronks (incredibly fast stiff-legged leap), leaping up to 3,5m (11.5 ft) in height and repeating the action 5 or 6 times in succession. (Almost like a horse bucking).They are light footed and can reach a speed of just below 90km/h (56 mph). Despite their remarkable speed, they remain vulnerable to cheetahs or leopards.

The springbok is the national animal of South Africa and is only found in the semi arid regions of southern Africa.

The word Springbok comes from Afrikaans : spring = jump ; bok = antelope

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