Pronghorns can run up 60 mph and are the second fastest land animal after the cheetah. Built for speed, the pronghorn has a large heart and lungs, two long padded toes which serves as shock absorbers, light bones and hollow hairs. They aren't good jumpers, however, and are impacted by fencing. They may have evolved such speed to escape the now extinct American cheetah which disappeared around 12,000 year ago.
Pronghorn Fun Facts
By 1920, overhunting and fencing had reduced pronghorn numbers to 13,000. Conservation efforts by the Boone and Crockett Club, lead by George Grinnell, resulted in the pronghorn recovery. Now, between 1/2 to 1 million pronghorn live in North America.
Fun Facts- Are these Antlers or Horns?
Northern Plains Pronghorn Quiz(answers are below)
a. 30 mph
b. 40 mph
c. 50 mph
d. 60 mph
e. 70 mph
a. Presence of horns
b. Black line on edge of jaw below ear
e. Color of fur on rump, sides and abdomen
Answers to Northern Plains Pronghorn Quiz
d. 60 mph
b. Males have a black line on edge of jaw below ear. Females can have horns, both males and females are fast, males are larger but some females weight more than young males, fur color is the same with the exception of the black line on the edge of jaw.
d. 250 days, breeding begins in September and the fawns are born in late May
Copyright © All Rights Reserved