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Animals: STEENBOK

 
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Steenbok - Raphicerus campestris
           
 
 
Habitat requirements    
Steenbok prefer a habitat that varies from open plains to undulating country with short to medium tall grassland and scattered shrubs and trees. Patches of tall grass, scattered wood bushes and even rocks are used as cover.
 
Food preference    

Steenbok are browsers that select the most delicate components of the herbaceous layer, which ensures a high protein and soluble carbohydrate intake. Steenbok also utilise roots, bulbs wild fruit and pods. Tree species that are utilised include Acacia, Combretum, Boscia albitrunca, Grewia,Terminalia sericea, Ziziphus mucronata, Faurea saligna, Ximenia caffra

 
Water requirements    
Steenbok are totally independent of water
 
Minimum viable group size    
6
 
Sex ratio    
one male per female
 
Herd population growth per annum    
20 percent
 
Life span    

6 years

It is estimated that there are currently 24 steenbok on the reserve.