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Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana)
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Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) Fact Sheet, 2009

American Pronghorn, side view

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TaxonomyPhysical Characteristics

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Artiodactyla* (or Cetartiodactyla) (even-toed hoofed animals: includes pigs, sheep goats, cattle, deer)

Family: Antilocapridae

Genus: Antilocapra

Species: Antilocapra americana - pronghorn

Subspecies: A. a. americana - American pronghorn
Subspecies: A. a. mexicana - Sonoran pronghorn
Subspecies: A. a. peninsularis - Baja California pronghorn

Body Weight
Male: 42-59 kg (92-129 lb)
Female: 40-50 kg (87-111 lb)

Body Length
Male: 133.8-149.4 cm (52.7-58.8 in)
Female: 128.3-148.6 cm (50.5-58.5 in)

Tail Length
Male: 8.3-13.5 cm (3.3-5.3 in)
Female: 8.6-12.7 cm (3.4-5 in)

Pelage
Upper body and outside of legs light tan or reddish tan.
White on chest, belly, sides, and inner legs. Large white rump patch.

Distribution & StatusBehavior & Ecology

Range
Parts of the United States, Canada, and Mexico

Habitat
Shrublands, grasslands, and temperate desert; treeless, flat terrain

IUCN Status
Least Concern

CITES Appendix
Appendix I (population in Mexico only)

Other Designations
Two subspecies listed as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act

Population in Wild
In 2016, an estimated 1 million individuals (half in Wyoming); populations fluctuate with severity of droughts and winters

Locomotion
Running, leaping, swimming. Extremely fast.

Activity Cycle
Diurnal. Most active at dawn and dusk. Sleep often, for short periods.

Social Groups
Herd composition changes frequently. In fall and winter, smaller bands come together to form a large herd (as many as 1,000 individiuals).

Diet
Herbivores. Shrubs, grasses, forbs, cacti.

Predators
Wolves, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, golden eagles, and humans

Reproduction & DevelopmentSpecies Highlights

Sexual Maturity
Females: 16-17 months
Males: 12 months (breed successfully from 3-4 years)

Gestation
245-255 days

Litter Size
Usually two fawns; sometimes one fawn

Birth Weight
3.2-4.1 kg (7-9 lb)

Age at Weaning
4-5 months old

Longevity
7-10 years

Feature Facts

  • Only survival member of the North American ungulate family Antilocapridae
  • Second fastest land mammal; can reach speeds of 86 kph (53 mph)
  • Adapted for long-distance running and endurance
  • Large eyes—can see movement over 4 miles away; long eyelashes provide protection from the sun
  • Once 35 million or more pronghorn in North America; populations reduced by 99% during latter half of the 19th century
  • Today, healthy populations in the U.S. and Canada
 

About This Fact Sheet

© 2009 San Diego Zoo Global. Minor update to Population & Conservation 2017.

How to cite: Pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) Fact Sheet, 2009. c2009-2017. San Diego (CA): San Diego Zoo Global; [accessed YYYY Mmm dd]. http://ielc.libguides.com/sdzg/factsheets/pronghorn
(note: replace YYYY Mmm dd with date accessed, e.g., 2015 Sep 10)

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