The Blackbuck of Timbavati Wildlife Park
Greetings friends! I hope the long days of August are being kind to you. This is that stretch of the year where we all are trying to soak up those final rays of sun and prepare the little ones to go off to school in the fall. So what am saying here is, let’s enjoy it while we can shall we? While I’m at it, welcome to the week of the blackbuck.
The blackbuck is an antelope that is found in India, Nepal and Pakistan. This herbivore is a bit smaller than some of the other antelope that we have. As you can see from this week’s video the blackbuck stands about waist high give or take. It will also max out at around 80 pounds in weight.
More Blackbuck Facts…
Males have darker coloration on their sides and back with longer spiraling horns. The females take on a lighter color, almost reddish brown. Blackbucks will hang out in herds of anywhere from 15 to 50 or so members. The gestation period for a female is 6 months.
Now the blackbuck’s life isn’t all fun and games here no no. Life is tough in India due to predators and loss of habitat. When this antelope is out and grazing it stays closer to watering holes and streams like most animals do. There’s also no shortage of predators that are keeping the antelope on its toes. At full gallop a blackbuck can move upwards around 50 km per hour.