Klipspringers are monogamous animals that are nearly always seen in pairs, usually with one offspring. The bond between a male and female is strong and enduring; they spend most of their time within a few metres of each other with one being look-out while the other feeds, and this relationship usually lasts until one dies (3). Together the pair defends a territory in which they feed on herbs and low foliage, sometimes seeds, fruits, buds, twigs and bark, and grasses in the wet season (2) (3). Occasionally groups of eight or more klipspringers may be seen, but these quickly split back into family groups when disturbed (3). Like many animals that live in Africa's hot climate, klipspringers generally rest during the heat of the day, and are also generally inactive after midnight (2). The gestation period of the klipspringer is 210 days (4), after which a well-developed young is born. The young hides in vegetation for up to three months, while its mother visits three or four times a day for suckling (2).
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