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Nature’s Corner – Sharpe’s grysbok

Apr 28, 2021

Sharpe’s grysbok, also known as the northern grysbok (Raphicerus sharpei) is endemic to southern and central Africa. They are small, shy, solitary antelope that browse on leaves, buds, herbs and fruits in the dry season. Grass comprises 30% of their diet. Their average mass is 12 kilograms and they grow about 40 centimetres high. Ewes are slightly larger than rams. They are often confused with the steenbok or Cape grysbok. This grysbok was found south of Olifants Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park. Look at those lovely ears ‒ the pattern inside.

The footage was provided by Katie and André of Two-V Productions. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and follow their Facebook page please. Books in their Op Vlerke series can be ordered from Kraal Uitgewers. The books, which are only available in Afrikaans, can also be found at shops in rest camps of the Kruger National Park.

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Alana Bailey is Head of Cultural Affairs at AfriForum

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