The blesbok or blesbuck (Damaliscus pygargus phillipsi) is an antelope endemic to South Africa. It has a distinctive white face and forehead which inspired the name, because bles is the Afrikaans word for a blaze such as one might see on the forehead of a horse. The blesbok and the bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus dorcas) are variant subspecies of one another and can readily interbreed, the offspring being known as the bontebles or baster blesbok, the differences between the two subspecies have arisen due to preferences for different habitats in the wild. The blesbok is endemic to southern Africa and is found in large numbers in all national parks with open grasslands, from the Highveld north of the Vaal river southwards through the Free State, to the Eastern Cape. It is a plains species and dislikes wooded areas. It was first discovered in the 17th century, in numbers so numerous, herds reached from horizon to horizon.
- Skull is missing mandible
- Horns are not attached to the skull
- Missing the front molars
- Full Skull Length 57.5cm (22.6in)
- Full Skull Width 23cm (9.1in)
- Tip to Tip 16cm (6.3in)