Wildlife in Serengeti-Park
Blackbuck | Antelope cervicapra
This beautiful, medium-sized antelope with elegantly curved horns can run up to 80 km/h! She lives in the open landscapes of India, Nepal and Pakistan, where she cannot prevent a thicket from running and jumping. The blackbuck or Indian antelope is sociable. The animals are in herds with 15 to 50 members together. Every herd has a leader.
Sometimes individual groups join together, creating herds of several hundred animals. The blackbuck feeds on grasses and leaves. Since this animal is very fast and mobile, it is superior to many predators. The only exception is the cheetah, which can reach 100 km/h within seconds. In India, this antelope has been heavily hunted in the past. From the 18th to the first half of the 20th century, Asian cheetahs were used for hunting and the kings and princes were spellbound in the race of these two fast-moving animals. In national parks and reserves, this antelope species has found a new refuge and has been multiplying steadily ever since.