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Fun Antelope Facts for Kids
Check out our range of fun antelope facts for kids. Learn what they look like, where they live, how they use their horns and much more. Read on for all kinds of interesting information about antelope!
- There are nearly 100 different species of antelope, most found in the savannahs of Africa.
- They are also found in forests and bush as well as rocky, cold, dry and even swampy environments.
- A group of antelope is known as a herd.
- Antelope are generally fast runners and powerful jumpers.
- Antelope rely on their speed and sharp senses to avoid being caught by predators. Their eyes are found on the sides of the head, giving them a wide field of view.
- Antelope horns are typically used by males fighting over females rather than as protection against predators. They grow continuously as opposed to being shed annually like that of deers.
- Arabian oryx are a type of antelope adapted to dry, desert conditions. In the 1970’s, they were extinct in the wild but have since been saved and reintroduced to their natural habitat.
- India is home to antelope such as the chinkara, nilgai, blackbuck, four-horned antelope and Tibetan antelope.
- The nilgai is the largest antelope found in Asia.
- As the name suggests, four-horned antelope have four horns rather than two. They are a threatened species due to loss of natural habitat and targeting from trophy hunters.
- The national animal of South Africa is the springbok, a type of antelope known for “stotting”, where they repeatedly leap into the air as high as 2 m (6.6 ft).
- The pronghorn is sometimes called the “American antelope” but is not considered to be part of the antelope family.