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James Souchon

Field Guide

James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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on Lessons from a Klipspringer

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Penny Tainton
Explorer

Lessons for us all for survival in this VUCA world! Thanks for sharing this fascinating information.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

Really interesting blog, James! The close up photos of the hoof and the track are fascinating. Even the name Klipspringer is fun. I wonder where it came from…

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

This is a lovely blog James. I love Klipspringers. They are amazing animals. We are always on the lookout for them when we approach rocky outcrops. We once watched three animals running around, jumping from one rock to another. It is surprising to see them in the tips of their hoofs when they are on the ground. Love these blogs about the lesser known animals.

Suecol777
Explorer

Ballet Bokkies!

Doug Hammerich
Senior Digital Ranger

I found the info about the klipspringers’ hooves very interesting. Thank you.

Wendy Macnicol
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James. Thank you for the chat on Klipspringers! Didn’t know their hoofs were like that? Amazing. Or that they are “Mated for Life”. So interesting. Wendy M

Ian Hall
Digital Tracker

Definitely one of my favourites, along with the Dik-Dik .

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

James, We love those little guys and remember seeing a couple of them hopping around and up the rocks at Ximpalapala!

Al Kaiser
Guest contributor

When I was at Londolozi in February, we came across a single Klipspringer on the southern bank of the sand river over by Taylor’s House. After a period of contemplation, he bounded across the river and back to more familiar territory. We couldn’t figure out why he was where we found him.

Bob and Lucie Fjeldstad
Guest contributor

James, it seems like their natural inclination to stay in a small area might create some inbreeding problems, how do they broaden their gene pool?

James Tyrrell
Photographic Guide/Media Team

Excellent question; I imagine their inclination upon reaching independence is to disperse. We once found one that had been killed by a leopard very close to camp; miles from any of the koppies on the reserve. It must have been a young one looking for territory…

Irene Henkes
Explorer

love these little ones. All the little antilopes are very nice!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

James

Thank you for all the information related to this small, but amazing animal. I’ve seen them in and around the rocky areas and learned they are too fast for my shutter finger…. the hoof prints, the fact they’re monogamous, etc – new facts for me. I love learning more about the lesser known animals in the veld.

Callum Evans
Guest contributor

I’ve seen quite a few klipspringers on Table Mountain, as well as in the Overberg amd Cedarberg, they really are amazing!

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