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?
Female gazelles probally don’t attack the predator but instead run away since theirs so fast. Either that or they stay a little close to the males.
It is very interesting to here about antelopes because all of us in NY don't see that kind of thing very often.
I love how Antelopes antlers are.Antelopes have such beautiful fur.I know that the mom antelopes stay with the baby antelopes.
They can probably kill you with one poc 🙂
when are you coming back.
I’ll be flying back to the United States July 1, 2012.
I wish you could stay longer 🙂
An antelope's tail flap wildy everywhere. It's like a dog
Why do Antelopes have thoes horns on there heads?
Does it help them fight or hunt?
They use the horns when fighting each other, or when they’re trying to protect themselves from other predators. They don’t hunt. They’re herbivores.
Antelopes look a lot like deer.
I think antelopes are very unique because of how they look and how their horns are shaped.
Antelopes are very interesting! What was your favorite type of antelope. 🙂
My favorite antelope is the Thomson’s Gazelle. They are smaller than most of the other antelopes and very cute. I loved watching their tails swish back and forth. What’s your favorite, Blair?
Hi Ms. Christie-Blick! I read your coment and wanted to know more about the Thomson's Gazelle. Did you know that the Swahili name for this animal is Swala Tomi? You can find out more at http://www.outtoafrica.nl/animals/engthomsonsgazelle.html
That’s very interesting, Logan. I didn’t know that. I guess that’s why the locals sometimes call them Tommies. Thanks for sharing the website – lots of good information here.
an antalopes tail moves 99% of the the day
Antelopes look so cool! Are there a lot in Africa?
There are LOTS of different kinds of Antelopes in the Serengeti area.
Antelopes are so cool. There tails wag so fast in the video!