Amazing Antelope Week

Antelope are among the fastest animals on the planet, well not all of them. Come along with Zebee and the gang and let’s learn about antelope. Here are just a few of the different types of antelope.

Now for some Basic Antelope Facts
*Most types of antelope live in Africa.
*All antelope are herbivorous. This means they eat plants.
*There are almost 100 different species of antelope.
*Some antelope horns can grow to almost 5 ft (1.5 m) long.
*The saiga from Asia has a distinctive trunk-like muzzle, with downward-pointing nostrils.
*The only antelope known to become extinct is the South African blue buck, which disappeared around 1800.
*There are about 90 species of antelope.
*Antelope of all kinds are a main source of food on the African savannah for lions, hyenas and crocodiles.

Here are some Fun Antelope Facts
*The smallest of the antelope is the Royal antelope. They grow up to be only 10-12 inches tall, about the size of a rabbit. Their babies can fit in the palm of an average person’s hand.
*The eland is the world's largest and slowest antelope.
*From the largest to the smallest:
Giant Eland = shoulder height around 6 feet, weight around 2,000 pounds
Royal Antelope = shoulder height around 19 inches, weight around 4.5 pounds

Want to see some great pictures of more types of antelopes? Check out these over at photographer Ross Warner’s.

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Back by popular demand. Let’s go to the San Diego Zoo and play Build a Beast. This time put together the bontebok antelope.

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Have fun with this jigsaw puzzle of a beautiful kudu.

jigsaw picture kudu

Fun with words
This week we have a fun activity for you. Find the words that are inside the word ‘antelope.’

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Our first antelope is the Gerenuk or Litocranius walleri.
gerenuk picture
Did you know . . . .
*They can live up to 15 years in captivity.
*They can weigh up to 115 lbs.
*They are found in savannas of Eastern Africa.
*They can stand on their hind legs to reach leaves higher up in trees.
*They are also called the giraffe gazelle.

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Help Lito get back home before the zookeepers arrive at the zoo for the day. (He snuck out with Elvis’s help to take a walk around the V Zoo.)

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Here’s a coloring page of Lito from our Activity book.

Lito coloring page

Let’s learn about the Kudu or Tragelaphus strepciceros.

my kudu front
Did you know . . . .
*They can live up to 15 years.
*They are found throughout Africa in woodlands.
*They can get up to 500 lbs.
*They are primarily known for their large spiraled horns which can grow up to 6 ft long.
*Kudus like elands can jump a 6-foot fence from a standing start.
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Here are a few coloring pages of kudus.This kudu is hiding in some very tall grass.

my kudu coloring page
Here’s one from the very talented Jan Brett.

Before we get into the fun of creating Arts and Crafts, let's watch this video I found about a rare baby antelope.

Okay, today we have a mask courtesy of PBS Kids GO! This is not just any mask. This one is a Dogon WALU mask from the Dogon of Mali West African tribe.

antelope mask
According to legend God Amma assigned Walu, to protect the sun from Yurugu (Fox). Have fun with this. You can print it out in color or black and white then trace over it on your construction paper and color it.
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Here’s this week’s antelope exhibit for Lito our V Zoo gerenuk.
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Well, it's the end of 'Zebee's Summer Zoo Camp.' If you've been following along each week and printed out all the exhibit pages, now it's time to make your zoo mural.
You can create your own zoo however you want.
You can print out this V Zoo map and follow the instructions to make your own V Zoo.
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If you haven't printed each exhibit out, don't worry, here is a full pdf of all the exhibits and instructions.
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