Klipspringer: the Adorable ‘Rabbit’ Antelope of Africa

Klipspringer: the Adorable ‘Rabbit’ Antelope of Africa

photo: Flickr user Frik Erasmus1

photo via: worldisround.com

photo: Munificent


photo: czs.org

photo: Lincoln Park Zoo via Zooborns


photo: aazk.org

photo: Lincoln Park Zoo via Zooborns

Habitat: Africa
Status: Least Concern 
Hopping around on African rocky kopjes are relatively small (reaching around 22 inches at the shoulder) antelope called Klipspringers (Oreotragus oreotragus). The word Klipspringer literally means ‘rock jumper’ in Afrikaans/Dutch and coloquially the creatures are even called mvundla, from Xhosa “umvundla”, meaning “rabbit”. I think it’s literally the perfect name for it, because doesn’t the word klipspringer just jump right off your tongue, as if it’s hopping out itself? Klip!springer!

This antelope species is absolutely adorable with its huge eyes! I’m also quite fond of them because of a special characteristic unique in the animal kingdom. While all hoofed animals walk “on the tips of their toes,” Klipspringers are the only ones to touch the ground with the very, very tips of their vertically rising hooves. Using a human analogy here, we can say that Klipspringers are much like dancers that dance on their toe nails rather than the tips of their toes. Since their habitat contains steep cliffs and rocky mountains, these tiny specialized hoofs allow them to stand on even the smallest outcrop of rock.

Take a look at the Klipspringer’s incredible posture here:

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  • Rick P.

    What a wonderful site, and your idea is good and genuine. I wish I knew some big investors willing to lay down a few bucks to get your Idea rollin. I took my daughter to visit the zoo in Dallas and we saw one of these klipspringers staring at us. Had no idea what they were until I came across your site. My daughter is begging me to get her one for a pet now. Good luck on your goals and hope you get your own show soon.

  • A Fat Potato

    Thank you for all your info :3, nice website