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Keagan Chasenski


Keagan has always had a connection with wildlife, having been lucky enough to visit Londolozi as a child. After growing up in Johannesburg, he attended boarding school in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands where weekends were spent exploring the reserve and appreciating his surroundings. ...

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on The Diminutive Steenbok: Why do they bury their dung?

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Dave Mills
Senior Digital Ranger

Nice job.

Sandra Scott
Senior Digital Ranger

They are so precious to see

Johanna Browne
Senior Digital Ranger

That is a very interesting premise. Domestic cats cover their urine and feces to hide it from predators. I have witnessed different predators showing up whenever it was exposed. But with your arguments for the Steenbok it makes sense and is quite intriguing! Great post!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Such lovely little animals! They remind me of dik diks, that are subjects of several behavioural research. Thank you for writing about them, it is difficult to imagine them with so many predators but they surely hide well.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Very cool Keagan, and great photos!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Interesting aspect of the steenboks’ behavior.
Indeed, humans do not understand that much about smell. Sometimes I wonder what this world of smells is like for animals.

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Wow Keagan, you have taught us a new lesson with this incredible information of the steenbok burying their
dung. As you say, humans will fall short of understanding this process. Yes maybe they are preserving the scent for marking their territory in a different way. They are such beautiful little antelope and quite tiny in stature.

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thanks Keagan for the information on the steenbok. They are certainly marvelous creatures.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Another interesting and informative blog written by you Keagan, so thank you. I have only had a clear view once of a Steenbok and it occurred this year – fortunately it was one of those rare moments when it stood in one place for a minute. The fact I found the most interesting was that they bury their urine and dung. Considering their hoof sizes, I can’t imagine the hole is very deep so the smell would be quite apparent. If they’re trying to keep under the radar, I can’t see it working.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

I learned something new today. Thank you! They are very cute little antelopes.

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