If you could run as fast as an antelope you would win all of the Cottage Lane races! We saw 10 different types of antelopes while on safari. Some were as small as a dog, while others were larger than a cow. They travel in herds for safety, and were delightful to watch because they're so light-footed.
The different types of antelopes all have hooves for feet. Scientists call hoofed animals "ungulates". A wildebeest is also part of the antelope family, but because it's so special I've given it its own blog page.
Antelopes are herbivores. They roam around a large area grazing, but most don't need to migrate like the wildebeest, because they don't run out of grass to eat.
The grown male antelopes have horns. They are permanent. They don't shed them like a deer sheds its antlers each year. It was fun comparing the different types of antelope horns. Each was unique and beautiful.
Thomson's Gazelle, Grant's Gazelle, Oribi, Klipspringer, Kirk's Dik-Dik, Impala, Topi, Hartebeest, Eland, Waterbuck, Wildebeest are all different antelopes we saw on safari. The name of our safari company is Thomson Safaris, because the owners' last name is Thomson. It's not surprising that they've used the picture of a Thomson's gazelle for their emblem. If there were a type of antelope that happened to have your last name, what would it look like? What would its horns look like?
After looking at the photos and videos, think about why most antelopes don't migrate. Why don't they run out of food?
Since only the grown males have horns, how do the females and babies protect themselves from predators like lions, cheetahs, and leopards?