Dr. Charles van Riper III

Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment
USGS Research Scientist Emeritus  

Sonoran Desert Research Station
125 Biological Sciences East ~ University of Arizona ~Tucson, AZ 85721-125
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Wildlife of South Africa at Venetia Limpopo and Silkaatskop 
Including Chief Kgosi Mmusi Moses Maotoe's Tribal Lands

A Study by Dr. Charles van Riper III with assistance from Eddie Westphal

   Introduction | Methods of Study | Study Areas | Venetia Limpopo | Credits and Funding | Wildlife of Africa |
Predators | Classic African Animals | Small Antelope | Large Antelope | Small Mammals


Common Duiker
Small, grayish-buff to red-yellow with lighter under parts and a darker broad band from the horns to the nostrils, these solitary antelope are very secretive. They can subsist in very dry areas, rarely drinking water. Being browsers, they seldom eat grass and may also eat berries, and even carrion, termites, and small birds.

DamaraDamara Dik-Dik
This small antelope is best described as dainty. Hair on the forehead can be raised as a crest, and large preorbital glands are used for scent marking. Found in dense woodland and thickets or stony areas in Venetia Limpopo, they move in small family groups or a single animals. Leaping in stiff-legged bounces and whistling, they run from danger. They do not need standing water, but salt is essential.


These small antelope are found in rocky habitats where they are fast and agile, leaping from rock to rock. Usually found in pairs, Klipspringers mate for life.

Steenbok are small, solitary, wildly distributed antelope that prefer open county and largely absent from dense forest. Only the males have horns. Steenbok will lie quietly in hiding from predators, running only at the last moment

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