Look who hangs around our Central Reservations Office parking area! Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary‘s main office is frequently visited by Blesbuck, and often Zebra too. Attracted by the open veld area around our office, Blesbuck are always found grazing or relaxing here, quietly tolerant of human presence. This picture was taken this morning from a distance, since Blesbuck are shy in nature and we didn’t want to scare the animal away.
Did you know…The Blesbok or Blesbuck (Damaliscus pygarus phillipsi) is an antelope endemic to southern Africa? It has a distinctive white face and forehead which inspired the name, because bles is the Afrikaans word for a blaze (itself a word for a strip of colour on the forehead of a horse). The siSwati word for Blesbuck is Linoni.