SIZE: Shoulder height (m) 0,8 m, (f) 0,7 m; mass 20 kg.
COLOUR: Grey-brown or grey above, but slightly yellowish brown on face and legs. Underparts, including underside of tail, white. Whitish patches around eyes, and on muzzle and chin.
RECORD LENGTH OF HORNS: 29 cm
MOST LIKE: Mountain Reedbuck, but horns are narrower and set vertically; they are not curved or hooked forward like the mountain reedbuck’s. Seen from the front, the grey rhebok’s horns are parallel, while the mountain reedbuck’s form a V.
HABITAT: Rocky hills or mountain slopes, and rocky plains with grass cover.
The grey rhebok is mostly a browser, with a tendency to being a mixed feeder. Unlike the mountain reedbuck, it has little need for water. Their main predators are caracals, jackals and eagles. Grey rhebok usually live in family groups of up to 12 animals, headed by a dominant male. The male is strongly territorial, establishing his ownership of land and females by uttering clicking sounds, staging threatening displays and urinating to mark territory. Although they fight fiercely during the mating season, grey rhebok rarely injure one another. A single young is born in November or December.
Its strong, bounding leaps and prodigious speed have sent many pursuing predators skulking off empty-handed. Only the males have horns, which rise straight up from the top of the head.
Grey Rhebok are slender, graceful antelope with long, slender necks, and very long, pointed ears. They have a stiff-legged, rocking horse gait, and show the white underside of their tail as they streak away, often upwards on the upper slopes of mountains.
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