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Animals, Birds, Insects, Namibia: 7 reviews and 11 photos

  Springbok at Etosha Pan
by 850prc

One of the most beautiful animals throughout Namibia are the graceful springbok. Like small deer, these hooved creatures roam throughout the country, from Etosha in the north to the southern desert and grassy areas.

One especially entertaining phenomenon of springbok behavior is "pronging". When these creatures are excited or startled, they spring straight into the air as if launched on tiny pogo sticks or rockets. It's almost a seizure type of behavior, and it's both funny and very pleasing to see. You'd better look fast, though....they don't do it for long. Within a second or two, they regain their composure and simply run away.

Seeing springboks is a treat, but if you're NOT a vegetarians, I'll suggest another treat.... Springbok is also a tasty meat, served in many Namibian restaurants. It also finds its way into many bush menus. Beefy in taste, yet a bit more lean, it is a most satisfying main course, especially when barbecued.

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  • Written Aug 3, 2003
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