The name Klipspringer is the Afrikaans for ‘rock jumper’ and alludes to the animal’s ability in rocky territory where it can be seen moving freely, seemingly on tiptoe. Weighing 11-13 kg and standing 500-600mm high at the shoulders, the Klipspringer is a small and stocky antelope. Ewes are slightly larger than the rams. Only rams have short horns, which are ringed only at the base. Klipspringer have smallish rounded ears positioned far back on the head and with noticeable dark inner markings. The coarse-haired coat is variable in color with shades of grey, yellow, brown, or red, with marked white underparts, chin, and lips. A prominent feature is the large, black pre-orbital gland.

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