from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A South African antelope (Damaliscus pygargus subsp. pygargus syn. D. dorcas subsp. dorcas) having a dark reddish coat, curved horns, a white rump, and a white mark on the face.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Alcelaphus pygargus, a large bubaline antelope of South Africa, closely allied to the blesbok, and having a similar blaze on the face. Also written buntbok.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The pied antelope of South Africa (Alcelaphus pygarga). Its face and rump are white. Called also nunni.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun zoology A South African antelope of genus Damaliscus


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Afrikaans : bont, spotted (from Middle Dutch, probably from Latin pūnctus; see point) + bok, buck (from Middle Dutch boc).]


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  • Particularly in the foothills and mountains, larger mammals such as Chacma baboon Papio ursinus, honey-badger Mellivora capensis, clawless otter Aonyx capensis, leopard Panthera pardus, aardvark Orycteropus afer, eland Taurotragus oryx, the regional endemic bontebok Damaliscus dorcas dorcas anddiverse mustelids and viverrids occur.

    Cape Floral Protected Areas, South Africa

  • Of the region's remaining large mammals, one of the most beautiful is the bontebok (Damaliscus dorcas dorcas), an antelope that, though nearly extinct in the mid-1800s, was saved by the dedication of a small group of conservationists.

    Biological diversity in the Cape Floristic Region

  • A charismatic flagship mammal is the strictly endemic bontebok (Damaliscus dorcas dorcas) which once grazed the extensive renosterveld plains of the South Coastal Forelands and is now mainly found in protected sanctuaries.

    Lowland fynbos and renosterveld

  • The island hosts 23 recorded species of mammals, including small herds of bontebok, springbuck, steenbok, fallow deer and eland.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Of the 42 mammal species found in the reserve, prominent animals include eland, buffalo, bushbuck, mountain reedbuck, as well as black wildebeest (Connochaetes gnou), and bontebok (Damaliscus dorcas dorcas).

    Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets

  • The Cape Argus reported on its front page on Tuesday that among the animals affected were bontebok, springbuck, fallow deer and rabbits, and that environmentalists blamed neglect by the museum, which manages the island.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A gift of five buck, two eland bulls and three bontebok rams, from the West Coast National Park were released onto Robben Island on

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The buck population consists of about 253 steenbok, 60 springbok and 50 bontebok - but only three female eland.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The giant eland, the sable antelope, the greater kudu, the bontebok, blessbok, the mountain and

    Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation

  • In Africa that list should include the eland, white rhinoceros, blessbok, bontebok, kudu, giraffes and southern elephants, sable antelope, rhinoceros south of the Zambesi, leucoryx antelope and whale-headed stork.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation


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