oa Madoqua - Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) social structure and predator avoidance in a desert canyon

Volume 11, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



Klipspringer, Oreotrogus oreotragus, were observed for 17 months (1976-78) in the Kuiseb River Canyon of the Namib Desert. The typical social group is a monogamously mated adult pair and one to two offspring. Daily activities of the Family group are highly synchronised, and individuals maintain spatial proximity throughout the day. Adult females initiate and Iead most group travel, including flight from potential danger.

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