Blackbuck Antelope

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The Blackbuck is a species of antelope found mainly in India, but also in parts of Pakistan and Nepal. There are introduced populations in various parts of the world as well as free-ranging populations in Argentina and Australia.

The Blackbuck stands an average of two-and-a-half feet high at the shoulder and weighs as much as 77 lbs. They bear distinctive horns, which are ringed with 1 to 4 spiral turns and can be as long as 31″ in length. A trophy Blackbuck typically bears horns greater than 18″. The upper body of the male is black and the belly and eye rings are white. Females are light-brown and usually hornless.

Blackbuck usually roam the open plains, are one of the fastest animals and can outrun most predators over long distances. Its chief predator was the now extinct Indian Cheetah and is now preyed upon by wolves and feral dogs in its natural habitat. The Blackbuck generally feeds on grasses and lives an average of 12 years.