The Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) gets its name from the habit of leaping up to 9 feet into the air when startled or at play.
Size: The springbok is usually between 27 and 34 inches tall and weighs between 59 and 106 pounds.
Life Span: Up to 10 years
Color: The medium brown of its back is separated from its white underside by a dark reddish brown horizontal band that runs from its foreleg to its hip.
Range: South Africa, Botswana's Kalahari, Namibia, and Southwestern Angola
Habitat: This animal inhabits the open, treeless plains and semi-arid regions.
Food: Foliage, herbs, roots, and grasses
Reproduction: Female springboks give birth to one young during the rainy season when resources are plentiful.
Fun Facts: The springbok is the national and sporting emblem of South Africa. It is extremely fast and can reach speeds of 60 mph. It also has a crest of white hair that appears on its back while leaping.