Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Definitely Not An Adidas Running Shoe - Springbok (Gazelle), Etosha, Namibia...

springbok etosha
There's one in every crowd... At least someone's paying attention to the nutty photogs...
springbok etosha
Daytime temperatures while we were in Etosha rose into the upper thirties. Crazy tourists sat in their hot furnace-like vehicles while the wiser Springboks (Antidorcas marsupialis) took refuge from the blazing sun under the shade of leafy green trees.

Springbok (Afrikaans) = Spring (jump) + bok (antelope)

Springboks can jump to a height of 3.5 m.

To communicate the presence of predators, springboks will pronk or serially jump into the air while running.

The South African National Rugby Team is nicknamed the Springboks.

Source: Wikipedia.

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