A common confusion for the guests of Grand Teton National Park is calling a pronghorn an “antelope.”
The pronghorn has had to live with this mistake for quite awhile, so I thought I’d help clear this matter up!
Fun Fact One: Family
Antelope are a member of the Bovidae family, which also includes cows, bison and sheep.
Pronghorn are the last surviving membe rof the Antilocapridae family.
Fun Fact Two: Territory
Antelope are found in Africa, Asia and occasionally the middle east. Their habitat range from grasslands to marshes.
Pronghorn are found in western North America, from Canada to northern Mexico.
Fun Fact Three: Horns or Antlers
Antelope have a traditional horn which consists of a bony core with a Keratin coating. (That’s the same stuff our nails are made of!) Their horns do not branch in any form and they have one set for life.
Pronghorn have keratin growing on a bony core that is pronged in the male and is also shed annually.
A true classification for ther term “horns” in animals is they are always unbranched and never shed (like the Antelope). They are also covered with skin like the horns of a giraffe!
Fun Fact Four: Speed vs. Height
Antelope come in such a variety that some like the Gazelles are very fast, while others like the Nilgai are very slow. They are also, primarily, decent to great jumpers.
Pronghorn are the second fastest land mammal, second only to the Cheetah! They have a very high endurance for racing but are very poor jumpers!
Fun Fact Five: Young
Antelope typically have just one baby at a time.
Pronghorn are known to most commonly have twins!
Bonus Fun Fact: Pronghorns outnumber people in the state of Wyoming!
From Melissa’s Corner!