There’s every reason to marvel at the Bontebok - they’re not only exquisite, but also living proof that, with the right attitude, threatened extinction can be reversed to steady growth. Today's global Bontebok population is approximately 1950, but in the early 1800s there were only 17 left due to overhunting and extensive killing as pests. Fortunately there were people like the Van der Byl, Van Breda and Albertyn families who, at the time, set aside portions of their properties in the Western Cape to form a temporary reserve for the Bontebok. And this is how we now have the incredible privilege of enjoying the beauty of this exquisite chocolate-brown antelope with it's white underbelly, a white stripe from the forehead to the tip of the nose, and a distinctive white patch around its tail.

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