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Springbok, animal in the cattle family, also called springbuck. The springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) inhabit the plains of South Africa, for which area they are considered an emblem. They are a kind of antelope, unusual because of their ability to spring into the air 6.5–11.5 ft (2–3.5 m) as a defensive action to detract predators, such as cheetahs. These red to brown slim-legged animals stand about 32 in (80 cm) at the shoulder and weigh 73–95 lb (33–43 k). Males and females have curved horns. Their once-enormous herds were greatly reduced by hunters.

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