Antelopes of all Types and Sizes – My Favorite South African Mammals
These paintings were all done using my digital photography as a reference. The Waterbuck shown here is one of the largest of the “antelope” type mammals in South Africa growing as large as 600 pounds. When mature their horns are pointed, curved and about 18 inches long. They are also distinguished by a white ring on their backsides. Our guide described it as having the look of a toilet seat stuck to their rump. They also have a long, course fur. This youth, judging by the short horns, was having a test of wills with other teenagers.
The Kudu shown here is, I believe, has one of the most handsome faces of the four legged animals in South Africa. They have big brown eyes and large colorful, round ears. They are inquisitive and rather friendly. This Impala is a female as indicated by the lack of horns.
The birds standing on top of this Impala are called Red-billed Oxpeckers. They spend most of their lives picking bugs off of the large mammals. The one bird was cleaning the inside of the Impala’s ear. The Impala had that look of total ecstasy while the bird had found that perfect spot.
There are more than twenty different “antelope” type mammals in south Africa. The largest of these types of animals is the Eland. The Eland weighs in at about 1,600 pounds. The smallest is the Blue Duiker which is about the size of a small dog or about 8 pounds.
On my web site you will find, among many other subjects, digital photographs of other antelope type animals. For example there is the Eland standing on a mountainside looking rather regal. There is an elusive Klipspringer, meaning “rock jumper”. The Klipspringer is a small, agile, rock climber. They are cute as a bug and weigh only about 25 pounds. Also there is the rare but beautiful Bontebok, the most handsome of them all. I was fortunate enough photograph a female nursing her young
All subjects are from Kruger National Park. Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers an area of 7,523 sq miles. Areas of the park were first protected by the government of the South African Republic in 1898. It became South Africa’s first national park in 1926.