A characteristic of the Blesbok is the prominent white blaze on the face and a horizontal brown strip which divides this blaze above the eyes. The body is brown with a lighter-coloured saddle on the back, and the rump is an even lighter shade. The legs are brown with a white patch behind the top part of the front legs. Lower legs whitish. Both sexes carry horns, ringed almost to the tip. Female horns are slightly more slender. It was once one of the most abundant antelope species of the African plains, but Blesbok has become scarce since 1893 due to relentless hunting for their skins and meat.