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Old Jan 10, 2008, 2:29 PM   #1
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Pronghorn - Antilocapra americana


Entirely unique on this planet, the Pronghorn's scientific name, Antilocapra americana, means "American antelope goat." But the deer-like Pronghorn is neither antelope nor goat -- it is the sole surviving member of an ancient family dating back 20 million years.
The Pronghorn is the only animal in the world with branched horns (not antlers) and the only animal in the world to shed its horns, as if they were antlers. The Pronghorn, like sheep and goats, has a gall bladder, and like giraffes, lacks dewclaws. If that weren't enough, the Pronghorn is the fastest animal in the western hemisphere, running in 20-foot bounds at up to 60 miles per hour. Unlike the Cheetah, speedburner of the African plains, the Pronghorn can run for hours at quite a fast pace. They are very curious animals and you can use this to your advantage to get a few photo opportunities.

Where I found them with a close up.



A few from the herd.








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Old Jan 10, 2008, 10:33 PM   #2
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Very interesting! I had never known about them - they are pretty animals. Thanks for posting about them.
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Very interesting! I had never known about them - they are pretty animals. Thanks for posting about them.
mtngal, thanks for the nice comment.


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Absolutely new acquaintance to me too. What's their distribution in the Americas? Very rare and strictly protected i guess, right?

Photos at your normal (that is stunning, marvellous, fantastic) level, but I have become used to that since a year by now. Would be surprised for anything less from you, Roger.

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Thanks Roger. It is quite a beautiful animal andit seems Ishould have learned about it in school due to its uniqueness to our own country. What were they teaching anyway?

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Great pictures and a great biology lesson. Interesting taxonomy.

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Nice sharp photos Roger, are those taken with the Pentax or are those Canon images?

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