Grey Rhebuck (Pelea capriolis) Rowland Ward minimum: 7 7/8"
They weigh up to 66 lbs, with a shoulder height of 31". This is a slender, long necked, medium sized antelope. It has long narrow ears with a bulbous nose, and a woolly coat with white underparts. Only rams have upright, straight, spike-like horns of 8-10" in length, ringed at the bases. This antelope is predominantly a browser with a tendency to mixed feeding. They select shrubs and forbs. Roots, seeds and flowers are also taken during June to October.
Grey Rhebuck are not common, but is widespread in a suitable habitat. Found in the Eastern and Western Cape, suitable areas westward of the Cape Peninsula, Mpumalanga and Northern Province, high-lying areas of Lesotho, Free State, and the higher Drakensberg areas of KwaZulu-Natal. They are particularly well adapted to mountain slopes, hills and plateaus.
They have complicated social groupings, these animals are found in small groups of up to 12 consisting of an adult ram, a few ewes and lambs. Rams may become solitary. They are territorial in habit and will defend a specific area. They make snorting, groaning and hissing sounds.
They are active for most of the day but rest when it becomes hot. They are good jumpers and run with a distinct rocking horse gait, with the fore and hind legs kicked out stiffly with each leap. Within these mountainous regimes, grassveld with some stones and rocks are preferred. Leopard, hyena, Cape hunting hog, python and jackal is nature's to keep their numbers in check.
A little known fact is that the Rhebuck is the origin of the Reebok brand of sports shoes. The name was chosen for the animal's ability in mountainous terrain and today is one of the top brands in the world.