Pronghorn antelope buck sitting

Pronghorn antelope

Pronghorns are North American mammals similar in appearance and behaviour to Africa's antelopes. Pronghorns are built for speed and endurance and are the fastest known land mammal in America. With a sprinting speed of up to 100kmph and an ability to cruise for several kilometres at around 65kmph, they are not easy to catch. The young can run faster than a human two days after birth. An impressive population of 35 million once roamed the grasslands and deserts of America before European colonisation, when the population crashed to under 20,000. The hook and prong of the horn are unique to this species - hence the common name.

Scientific name: Antilocapra americana

Rank: Species

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Distribution

The Pronghorn antelope can be found in a number of locations including: North America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Pronghorn antelope distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Cetartiodactyla
  6. Even-toed ungulates
  7. Antilocapridae
  8. Antilocapra
  9. Pronghorn antelope

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