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Springbok

Springbok (Afrikaans bok = antelope, deer, or goat), a small antelope (Antidorcas marsupialis) that stands about 75 cm high and can weigh up to 40 kg. It inhabits the dry inland areas of Southern Africa. It is the national animal of South Africa. It can run with a speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 miles per hour).


A name adopted by a number of South African sports teams to describe themselves, most famously by the national rugby team. However, some sporting associations, notably cricket, believe that the name is too closely associated with the apartheid past, and have chosen to call themselves the Proteas[?].



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