The Klipspringer

Oreotragus oreotragus

Classification

Domain Eukarya

Domain Eukarya has four kingdoms, Fungi, Protista, Plantae, and Animalia. Kingdom

Animalia is the kingdom with all the animals. All of these cells have a nucleus and are eukaryotic.


Kingdom Animalia

  • All animals are a part of this kingdom.
  • Multicellular
  • Heterotrophs
  • Don't have a cell wall


Phylum Chordata

Have bilateral symmetry which means they have a definite right and left side

They have a complete digestive system for eating then pooping out food.

Have a spine maybe with a brain.


Subphylum Vertebrata

Can move because of an internal skeleton.

They have a full digestive system with a liver and a pancreas.


Class Mammalia

  • 3 middle ear bones
  • they have hair
  • can produce milk by their mammary glands

Order Artiodactyla

Paraxonic, which means the axis of the foot is between the third and fourth digits, (toes).


Family Bovidae

  • pair of horns, not on female klipspringers

Genus

This contains only the Klipspringer

Species

Oreotragus oreotragus

Home Area and Geographic Range

Geographic Range

Klipspringers are confined to the South and Southeast area of Africa with little in western-more areas.

Home Range

Their home range is usually 15-20 acres wide/long.

Habitat

Klipspringers live in rocky habitats like tall mountains and hills that are really rocky, because of their ability to climb around easily.

Description

Weight, Length, and Height

They are small antelope like beings, weight 8 kg to 18kg and females weight a little bit more. The lenght of a klipspringer is 75kg to 115kg and females are a little bit longer than males. Klipspringers are as tall as 43 to 51 cm.

Colors

Hairs light at base and yellowy brown at the tip. Colors vary if from different subspecies. Top of heads are dark. Sides of heads are light. The back of the ear has black hairs.

Horn Height

The Klipspringers horns are an average height of 10 centimeters with the record lenght being 16 centimeters.

Predators

Some of the predators that hunt Klipspringers are Leopards, Caracals, Dotted Hyenas, regular Jackals, Wildcats, some kinds of Foxes, some kinds of Baboon, and eagles.

Foods

Klipspringers cannot eat large amounts of food because they have small stomachs so they mostly eat plants that are high in nutrients. They never eat grass though. In the winter they eat leaves because not many plants have survived the winter.

Behavioral

Watcher

The group of Klipspringers has a watcher that whistles to the group when a predator nearby is so they can get cover and not get killed by another animal.

Jumping

The klipspringer jumps up a wall and that helps them get away from any land predator that cant climb well allowing the klipspringer to survive.

Invaders

When Klipspringers invade another's place, the male tries to chase the Klipspringers that have invaded. If the invading klipspringer stays the dominent male will try to show dominance and he may fight them if that still doesnt work. This helps them survive by not having another stealing food or killing others.

Physical

Jump Jump!

Klipspringers are amazing jumpers and more surefooted than any other in the Bovidae family. A person has recorded a Klipspringer jumping more than 30 ft from ledge to ledge. This helps them survive by jumping away from predators.

Fur Be Gone!

The Klipspringers fur comes off of the body to allow the Klipspringer to not be picked up and to confuse the predator.

Fur Helps

The hairs of a Klipspringer help keep out heat, keeps in moisture, and protects from injuries. This helps them survive by allowing them to not overheat and keep out claws and fangs from raw skin.

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References

Burton, M., & Burton, R. (2002). Klipspringer. In International wildlife encyclopedia (3rd ed., Vol. 10). New York, NY: Marshall Cavendish.

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Klipspringer. (n.d.). Retrieved from Siyabona Africa website: http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_klipspringer.html

Name the baby klipspringer. (n.d.). Retrieved from Lincoln Park Zoo website: http://www.lpzoo.org/magazine/interactives/name-baby-klipspringer

Wikipedia klipspringer. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klipspringer