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Klispunger - Small Antelope in Uganda

A klispunger is a small antelope. It has a short body and seems very fast.


Common name: Klispunger
Scientific name: oreotragus orestagus
Kingdom: animalia
Phylum: chordata
Class: mammalia
Order: artodactyla
Family: boridae
Genus: orestragus
Species: orestagus

Where to find the Klispunger

They live in steep rocky out-crops. They range from the red sea hills to South Africa, North Africa to Angola and also in east Africa.

In Uganda you will easily find this antelope in Semiliki National Game Park.

What the Klispunger Eats

They feed on leaves, berries, succulents, fruits and shoots.

How to identify a Klispunger

A klispunger stands about 20 inches tall and weighs 23-29 pounds. The female is heavier. The short body has massive hind quarters and study long legs, with truncated hooves. The head is wedge shaped on a short neck with big ears. The horns are wide set, upstanding and ringed at the base horns may be present on females of the east African race. The coat is rough and the hours are hollow, brittle and loose which makes good for padding and insulation. The color is grizzled yellow-brown and the ears, bordered in black, are white inside with radiating dark lines. Huge pre-orbital glands surrounded by race, black skin as more developed in males. There are no hoof glands.


The klispunger is the only antelope that lives on cliff and rock outcrops. They stand on the flat tips of its truncated houses walking and running in a jerky stilled manner. It bounds up and down steep slopes and jumps from rock to rock landing with all four feet together.

The animals usually spends its adult lifetime within the same range or territory, venturing out usually in pairs only to seek new plant growth or salt lick. When forging, the animals keep very alert to predators and to alarm calls of other animals. If danger threatens the female usually leads the get away flight and once safe the pair gives whistling alarm calls in diet. Gestation is in 5-7 months followed by a single birth weaning in complete by 4-5 months.

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