Antelope

Antelopes are hoofed mammals that belong to the Bovidae family. They are close relatives of cows and goats. There are about 90 different species of antelopes all varying in shapes, sizes and colors. Most people compare the antelopes to deer, but unlike deer, antelope horns are permanent, and deer shed theirs annually.

Size

Antelopes vary in size and shape. Largest antelope is Eland (6 feet tall, weigh up to 1450 pounds) while the smallest is Royal antelope, sized like a rabbit (10-12 inches in height).

Life span

Antelopes live about 10 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.

Range

They live in Africa, Asia, Middle East and North America.

Habitat

Antelopes can be found in grasslandsmountainsdeserts and wetlands.

Food

Antelopes are herbivores; they eat grass, shoots and seeds.

Behavior

Almost all antelopes are social animals, living in the large groups called herds. They communicate with each other using a varied array of sounds and scent signals.

Offspring

Depending on the species, 4-9 months after mating season, baby antelope will be born.