White Springbuck

Scientific Name:

Antidorcas marsupialis

A medium sized gazelle. The White Springbuck is not a subspecies, but a colour phase of the South African Springbuck. White Springbuck were developed by selective breeding. Gregarious; usually forms large herds. There are mixed herds, bachelor herds and territorial males. Mixed herds split into nursing herds and new bachelor herds during the lambing season. Territories are maintained by showing-off displays and marking with dung heaps; territories are not occupied for the full year.


The colour of the skin is all white except for the dark facial stripes and eyelashes. The skin fold on the back is usually closed but when the animal becomes excited, it thrusts it open fanning a length of stiff white hair. Horns: Both sexes have horns.


Both a grazer and a browser. Feeds in the early morning and late afternoon.


Open dry grasslands and Savannah. Avoids mountains, woodland and tall grass.