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Antelopes and gazelles...

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As having only topics about particular antelopes, may be it would be useful to open a new one about antelopes and gazelles in general...

Marlon du Toit: " A most regal of antelope - the Kudu bull. He tucks his magnificent horns back across his strong shoulder blades & feeds on the greener parts of this shrub.

Kudu are browsers & are often first affected when the times get tough. The late dry season can severely impact them. They are big & need good feeding grounds.
What’s great to see in this image is that the height of the Kudu allows him to browse much higher than most. Look at how much leaf-matter has been fed on throughout the lower half of this shrub. Most is gone. This is thanks to animals such as impala, numerous on the Mana floodplain. But, the tall powerful Kudu can stretch his neck & reach much higher, putting himself beyond competition & within reach of the best leaves on offer.
It’s a stunning antelope. "


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Pierre Jonqueres: " Breath fresh air.
The Kruger National Park has closed its gates this morning.

An Impala, the most common species in the wild stares at us with fear. We are on pause, us, Humans, the most populous mammals on earth.
Are we becoming endangered or threatened with extinction?
If so, the CITES, the Washington convention, should urgently annex the Human species in its treaty.
For now, we shall start self-conservation for our survival.
Be safe everybody! "


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Beverly Joubert: " Red lechwe are at home in the Okavango swamplands. While most antelope would likely perish in this watery wonderland, lechwe are adapted for a semi-aquatic lifestyle. Splayed, elongated hooves and long hind legs allow them to move with an almost incongruous agility through their drenched habitat, often launching into spectacular leaps to evade attack. Even at a young age, these antelope are a tricky target for predators.⁣ "


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Beverly Joubert: " When the summer rains begin to drench the grasslands of Kenya’s Maasai Mara, they trigger an abundance of new life. While filming recently for a @natgeochannel #EarthDay special we were privileged to witness a newborn Thompson’s gazelle taking its first tentative steps, under the watchful gaze of a protective mother. Although the youngster’s initial attempts to stand were a wobbly affair, the calf soon grew in confidence and agility. It pays to be a quick learner on these predator-rich plains, and keeping up with mom could be a lifesaver. While the calf learned to walk shortly after being born, it will likely spend most of its early days hunkered down in tall grass out of sight from prowling predators.⁣ "


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James Tyrell: " Waterbuck legging it across the Zambezi floodplain at Mana Pools.

Although these fleet of foot antelope will regularly take to the water to escape land-based predators like lions and wild dogs, they are most certainly not immune to crocodile attack, as urban myth would suggest.
When some apex predator is hit on your heels, risking the water is more a case of the devil you don’t know being preferable in the short term to the devil you do... "


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Subhash Nair: " Rise from the fire - Grant's Gazelle shot at Amboseli, Kenya. "


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Peter: " The easily startled common (grey) duiker. "


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Peter Pribylla: " Nyala family. "


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Peter Pribylla : " kudu lady listening carefully. "


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Giri Cavale: " A pair of Klipspringers from Malamala game reserve.One of my favourite antelope. Did you know most of them are monogamous ? "


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