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  • noun Alternative form of springbok.

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  • noun a South African gazelle noted for springing lightly into the air


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

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2008

  • 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 2008

  • Kingdon's illustrations will help you distinguish between a gerenuk and a springbuck, between a wild boar and a bush pig, and between bush hyrax and tree hyrax.

    The Pocket Guide to African Mammals by Jonathan Kingdon ricklibrarian 2008

  • Black rhino, buffalo, eland and warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) have been reintroduced, while natural populations of greater kudu, bushbuck, common duiker and springbuck (Antidorcas marsupialis) as well as chacma baboons (Papio hamadryas) and vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) are common.

    Maputaland-Pondoland bushland and thickets 2008

  • The springbuck, possessing this feeling in an intense degree, and being eminently gregarious, becomes uneasy as the grass of the Kalahari becomes tall.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa 2004

  • It is not the springbuck alone that manifests this feeling.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa 2004

  • The Bakalahari take advantage of this feeling, and burn off large patches of grass, not only to attract the game by the new crop when it comes up, but also to form bare spots for the springbuck to range over.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa 2004

  • We were informed by the Bayeiye, who live on the lake, that when the annual inundation begins, not only trees of great size, but antelopes, as the springbuck and tsessebe (‘Acronotus lunata’), are swept down by its rushing waters; the trees are gradually driven by the winds to the opposite side, and become imbedded in mud.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa 2004

  • The spot where I expected to see the outpost was where the veldt, from being bare, commenced to be thickly covered with mimosa trees; but there was no one there -- no living thing, except a little springbuck that started up as I arrived, bounding away over the long tufted grass, its little white rump showing like the flutter of a girl's petticoat.

    Impressions of a War Correspondent George Lynch

  • The springbuck, whence the best South African venison is obtained, has the colours of black, white and brown; and this blend has not prevented it from having the reputation of being the prettiest and most graceful antelope in the world.

    Chapter XVIII Solomon Tshekisho 1916


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