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Grey Rhebuck

The Grey Rhebuck

The grey rhebok or grey rhebuck, locally known as the Vaal rhebok or Vaalribbok in Afrikaans, is a species of antelope native to South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Swaziland. The specific name capreolus is Latin for ‘little goat’.

The grey rhebok is a medium-sized antelope weighing 19–30 kg (42–66 lb) with a long neck and narrow ears. The coat is short and dense and coloured in various shades of grey. Only the males carry horns, which are straight, sharp, ringed at the base, and around 15–25 cm (6–10 in) long.

Conservation status

The grey rhebok is listed as Near Threatened, with the population estimated to be at least 2,000 individuals in protected areas and perhaps as many as 18,000 in unprotected areas. The uncertainty regarding the exact number is due to extensive areas of the species’ range not having been surveyed or where estimates are unavailable.